UPDATE: Renee revealed on the Season 2 reunion that she was hospitalized because she had actually suffered a miscarriage, not a panic attack.
Mob Wives star Renee Graziano was rushed to a New York City hospital Friday soon after hearing that her father, Anthony “TG” Graziano, had been arrested yet again along with four other alleged members of the Bonanno crime family in an early morning raid.
According to TMZ, “Renee had a panic attack, collapsed, and had trouble breathing” when she heard the news of her father’s arrest.
As you might already know, Anthony Graziano, 71, was recently released from prison after a lengthy sentence for racketeering before being arrested in November for extortion when he was caught on tape by his former son-in-law (Renee’s ex-husband) Hector “Junior” Pagan! (You can’t make this stuff up!)
Hector Pagan (seen above in his VH1 Mob Wives Season 2 cast photo) flipped and agreed to wear a wire for the DEA in order to avoid a conviction for armed robbery after he held up a high-stakes poker game. He reportedly caught Anthony Graziano on tape instructing him to collect a $150,000 loanshark debt, according to The New York Post.
Anthony Graziano (right) was indicted on the extortion charges last week and was already in police custody when he was charged again during Friday’s raid. Also arrested on Friday were fellow alleged Bonanno crime family members Vincent Badalamenti (administration), Nicholas Santora (capo), Vito Balsamo (acting captain), and Anthony Calabrese (soldier). James Laforte, an alleged member of the Gambino family, was also arrested. All five men pleaded not guilty and are schedule to appear back in court on February 7. Each faces up to 20 years in prison if found guilty.
Anthony “TG” Graziano broke off all contact with his daughters Renee Graziano and Jennifer “Jenn” Graziano after the latter came up with the idea for Mob Wives and the former agreed to appear on the show.