Renee Graziano attends the 2012 NYC Premiere of Bad Teacher.

'Mob Wives' Star Renee Graziano Seeks Help After Near-Fatal Overdose

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By Afouda Bamidele on November 15, 2023 at 11:45 AM EST

Renee Graziano is once again fighting to overcome her demons by giving her mental health the needed attention.

The star of the reality TV series "Mob Wives" has experienced a difficult battle with addiction, from landing into trouble with the law and, most recently, nearly losing her life. The harrowing ordeal turned out to be a blessing in disguise for the entertainer, who sought help at a treatment center.

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Renee Graziano Enters Rehab Facility Months After Scary Drug Relapse

The TV personality made the brave decision to turn her life around by entering a rehabilitation facility after falling for her addiction to drugs. The daughter of the Bonanno crime family's former consigliere, Anthony Graziano, joined the treatment center months after overdosing on harmful substances.

The VH1 series's star shared the morbid tale with her manager, Chris Giovanni, revealing she nearly died in mid-September on what she described as a "bad batch" of drugs. The entertainer did not disclose the substance's name but noted she had gotten the product from a dealer.

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It is unclear how Graziano survived the near-death experience as she did not share further details about the incident. The media personality's brief recollection of what happened might be because of the time limit she had to discuss with Giovanni from the rehabilitation center.

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Renee Graziano at the Re-Opening of 40/40 Club
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According to the 55-year-old's manager, the "Celebrity Big Brother" alum was given 10 minutes for her call while accompanied by a counselor. Giovanni noted that the little details he got from his employer matched his recent struggles to communicate with the mother of one.

The celebrity manager claimed the pair's contact had been sporadic and brief since September to now. But what could have triggered Graziano's drug relapse? Giovanni explained the "Playing With Fire" author linked her recent ordeal to the death of her father, who passed away in May 2019.

Unfortunately, losing her father was not the only heartbreaking incident in the 55-year-old's life. In January 2022, the "How to Use a Meat Cleaver" author got on the wrong side of the law for driving while impaired.

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The incident saw Graziano crashing her car into a parked SUV on Staten Island, and she was arrested for causing the accident. At the time, the mother of one tried to overcome her addiction to sleeping pills by seeking help from "The Hills" star Jason Wahler and his Red Songbird Foundation.

A year after this rehabilitation experience, the reality TV star is back in another facility. As for her near-death overdose, the entertainer's manager noted that there is no ongoing investigation into the incident as Graziano did not alert authorities about it.

Renee Graziano Criticized The #MeToo Movement In Harvey Weinstein's Defense

Harvey Weinstein arrives at Manhattan Criminal Court

Four years before her overdose crisis, The Blast reported that the "Mob Wives" star shocked many by standing in Harvey Weinstein's corner amid his sexual abuse scandal. In 2019, Graziano noted that the disgraced producer might have done bad things to others but was good to her.

The TV personality addressed the matter during an appearance on "The Domenick Nati Show." The mother of one declared, "Harvey Weinstein was nothing but a gentleman to me;" however, she also admitted the severity of the allegations against the 71-year-old.

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Despite noting the victims' narrative showed that something evil had likely transpired between them and Weinstein, Graziano could not understand the perspective of some of these women. "If it happened, why go back for a second time?" the media personality wondered about those who had more than one encounter with the TV producer, adding:

"Don’t wait 20 years to come out … you could’ve helped save somebody else a long time ago."

The reality TV star stressed the victims should have physically defended themselves, berating them for not breaking their abuser's "kneecaps." Additionally, the VH1 alum criticized the #MeToo movement, which gained global recognition amid Weinstein's drama.

Multiple women came forward to share their personal stories of alleged abuse and harassment at the hands of the now-convicted sex offender, making the #MeToo movement their cry for justice. While many sympathized with these victims, Graziano could not relate to their struggles.

The entertainer admitted to never experiencing any form of sexual harassment or abuse. Although she claimed her "loud voice" would never allow unwarranted attention from others, the 55-year-old also thanked her late father's infamous background for protecting her.

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