Editor's Note (Oct. 8, 2018 at 9:15 p.m.): The charges against Michael Darby were dropped Oct. 4. Read the latest here.
"Real Housewives of Potomac" star Michael Darby has been charged with sexually assaulting a cameraman, according to court documents.
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The cameraman said in charging documents they were filming for the show at a home on Pleasant Hill Drive in Potomac, Maryland, on Sept. 1. when Darby "grabbed and groped" his butt.
"As I turned around he smiled and gave me a flirtatious look," the cameraman said in the documents.
He said he then put his camera down and told Darby to stop before telling his supervisor about the incident. He filed charges three days later.
Darby, 59, is married to Ashley Darby, a cast member of the show that is filmed throughout the D.C. area. The pair own Oz, an Australian restaurant in Arlington, Virginia's Clarendon neighborhood.
Michael Darby has been charged with one count each of second-degree assault and fourth-degree sexual contact. If convicted, he faces a maximum of 11 years in prison and could have to pay thousands in fines.
Court records also show the cameraman filed for a restraining order against Michael Darby citing the Sept. 1 incident and another alleged assault that happened in August at the L2 Lounge in Georgetown. He said in the documents that Darby kicked him in his buttocks while he was filming. The restraining order was denied.
This isn’t the first time Darby has allegedly engaged in such behavior. During an episode of Season 1, castmate Gizelle Bryant raised her concerns about Michael's sexuality to Ashley Darby after seeing him "squeezing" another housewife's boyfriend's butt.
Ashley Darby defended her husband and called the incident a "joke." In an interview with Bravo.com after the episode aired, Michael Darby responded to the accusation, saying at the time that he "playfully touched Andrew's butt," and Andrew Martin wasn't offended.
"He responded as expected with a laugh and we continued to dance with our lovely ladies," Darby added.