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'Real Housewife' Danielle Staub Sued by Swan Media Owner

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Former Real Housewives of New Jersey star Danielle Staub, whose checkered past and sex tape upstaged the antics of the other wives on the show, is being sued for $350,000 by the owner of the Penthouse Executive strip club for violating a contract.

Staub, who was reported to be a “paid escort” and was busted by the FBI for cocaine sale and possession in the '80s, failed to appear for a live Web chat and bailed out on postproduction voiceover work following a video she shot for Swan Media Group, according to the suit.

Swan is owned by Robert Gans and is operated from the same office as one of his Manhattan strip clubs.

It is unclear what type of video it was, but Staub was paid $25,000 in November 2010 for her services, according to the suit.

Under the terms of the contract, Staub would split the proceeds from the sale of the video 50/50 with the media company. She would also be paid extra for any appearances that she made at Scores, another strip club owned by Gans.

In February, the desperate housewife broke off communication with the video company and refused to accept a legal letter at her North Bergen, N.J., home, Swan Media’s lawyer claims.

Staub, who is reportedly shooting another show in Los Angeles with reality TV veterans Jake Pavelka (The Bachelor) and Heidi Montag (The Hills), could not be reached for comment.