By Obiajulu Chiagoziem
Lisa Barlow has insisted on siding with Co-star Jen Shah amidst all the allegations levelled adgainst her.
In an exclusive interview she had with Page Six, Barlow revealed her opinion of being “100 percent side with the victims” if Shah is found guilty of alleged fraud and money laundering.
“This is where I might be controversial. I believe in due process,” she said.
“After what our country has gone through over the last two years [amid calls for] social justice, we cannot presume people are guilty and then they have to presume themself innocent … We have to see how things pan out when she starts trial and let the judge and jury come to a verdict before we all do.”
Shah and her assistant Stuart Smith were arrested by federal agents in March for allegedly stripping off a whooping amount targeted at old people. They pleaded not guilty.
“When the arrest happened, I was in shock,” Barlow recounted, adding that she and Shah “were not in the best place” when the latter “Housewife” was taken into custody.
I specifically went through a myriad of emotions,” the Vida Tequila CEO added. “I was hurt, I was angry, I felt disappointed.”
Barlow also claimed to have involved her lawyers in Shay’s matter.
“I was like, ‘OK, what’s really going on? I want the facts, not stuff that’s hearsay,’” she said. “[My] attorneys called me back and they were like, ‘There’s nothing on the docket on Jen Shah. There’s no case against her.’ So, I was like, ‘Phew, this doesn’t have anything to do with Jen.’”
However as distressing details about the case emerged, Barlow felt she had no other choice but to express her worries directly to Shah.
“Nobody is silent about this. Just going through all the emotions, I already told Jen everything I thought to her face,” she explained. “I’m not going to apologize for anything that I was feeling. That was all raw, it was all real and if it hurt you, I’m sorry, that’s how I was feeling.” she added.