The sexual assault charges against Michael Darby have been dropped and he’s headed back to work.
The “Real Housewives of Potomac” star had been suspended from filming after one of the cameramen accused him of groping his hiney last month.
Orville Palmer claims Michael groped him and when he turned around the reality TV star gave him a “flirtatious look.” After telling Michael to stop, Orville reported the incident to his supervisor.
Michael Darby was charged with felony assault and misdemeanor improper sexual contact.
The Montgomery County State’s Attorney’s office dropped its assault in the second degree and sexual offense in the fourth-degree charges against Darby on October 4.
Michael released the following statement saying he was sought out as a target because of his high profile:
Our good name and reputation have been upheld through the abandonment of this case by the Montgomery County State’s Attorney’s office.
It is unfortunate that high profile people are often sought out as targets, and in this situation, someone tried to take advantage of me.
Darby’s attorney, Mike Rowan added:
The charges were dropped. They were baseless.
There were a number of alleged witnesses who said it did not happen. The peace order request by the alleged victim was also denied. There was simply nothing that happened, and nothing here.
Quick question: If Michael never touched the cameraman and Orville made false accusations against him – shouldn’t he face charges or a defamation suit at the very least?