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'RHOP' Star Ashley Darby All Smiles With Husband Michael Amid New Cheating Allegations

By Ryan Naumann

“Real Housewives of Potomac” star Ashley Darby is all smiles with her husband Michael Darby amid new accusations he stepped out on their marriage.

On Instagram, Ashley shared a ton of photos from their son Dean’s first birthday. Ashley and Michael can be seen holding their son at the Hawaiian-themed party.

She captioned the post, “What a magical day 🥰 Our sweet Dean turned 1 today, and we were so blessed to spend time with our loving family. Thank you all for sending us well wishes - this child is the most incredible human Michael and I could’ve been blessed to guide. Happy 1st birthday Deano! 🎉🎉”

The two looked incredibly happy after an explosive couple of years including claims Michael cheated on Ashley.

On last season, Michael faced allegations of sexual assault by a “RHOP” cameraman. In 2018, Michael was criminally charged with sexual assault.


59-year-old Michael was accused of grabbing and groping Orville Palmer’s butt while he was working on the show. The cameraman claimed when he turned around Michael gave him a “flirtatious look.” He told the reality star to stop and then reported the incident to his boss.

Orville proceeded to file a statement of claim against Michael with the police. Michael was facing up to 11 years in prison on the charges, but prosecutors dropped the charges.

At one point, production was put on pause after Michael was hit with the criminal charges. He eventually started filming again but was met with a bunch of side-eyes from the cast. Last season, producers aired the footage of the alleged incident, which occurred off-camera, showing something did happen that ended with Michael apologizing to the cameraman.


Karen Huger and Gizelle Bryant were two of the people most vocal about not believing Michael was completely innocent.

In the past seasons, the women have brought up reports of Michael being caught on the gay dating app Grindr, touching and grabbing Katie Rost’s ex-fiancé butt during filming and dealt with questions about his sexuality.

Ashley has stuck by her man’s side the entire time and never doubted his innocent. In the teaser for season 5, Michael is faced with allegations of infidelity and ending up in a hotel room with a stripper.

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