FBI Documents Reveal “The Real Housewives Of New Jersey” Danielle Staub Kidnapping Arrest

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Danielle Staub, the cougar ex-con featured prominently on Bravo’s The Real Housewives of New Jersey, has a much more sordid past than she’s admitted to on the hit reality show.

During last week’s season finale, Danielle only admitted to being arrested once and changing her name after she was exposed in Cop Without a Badge, an out-of-print 1995 book about her ex-husband.

But according to explosive federal court records unearthed on The Smoking Gun Tuesday, Danielle a paid escort that she was arrested by the FBI in Miami in 1986 for her part in a violent kidnapping plot, masterminded by her then-boyfriend, a cocaine dealer with ties to dangerous Colombian drug cartels.