'Real Housewives of Potomac' star Wendy Osefo calls for 'disciplinary action' against Mia Thornton for throwing a drink on her
"Real Housewives of Potomac" star Wendy Osefo is speaking out against costar Mia Thornton.
Thornton threw a drink on Osefo in season seven during a dinnertime altercation in Miami.
Osefo told Insider: "What I do know is that disciplinary action should take place."
"Real Housewives of Potomac" star Dr. Wendy Osefo is still reeling from the events of season seven — and says her costar Mia Thornton must face consequences for throwing a drink on her.
The latest season of the hit Bravo reality show comes to an end with part three of the reunion airing Sunday, but Osefo told Insider that she is still coming to terms with events that took place last year, which aired earlier in the season.
"Every time I see the clip of Mia assaulting me and throwing a drink in my face, I'm still beside myself. I can't believe that happened," Osefo told Insider Thursday.
The altercation occurred during a group trip to Miami last May. Osefo and Thornton got into a heated debate about a mutual acquaintance and former "Real Housewives of Atlanta" star Peter Thomas, who owns the restaurant in which they were dining.
"It really did impact me in a way that I felt violated. In the reunion, you hear me say, 'You disrespected me to my deepest core,'" said Osefo. "For me, throwing a drink in someone's face — especially one you've already sipped from — is analogous to almost spitting on them. I just felt as though that was one of the highest forms of disrespect."
The mother of three continued, "I am someone who takes pride in my ability to convey my messages through the use of my words, and Mia's inability to do that, and the fact she got flustered, and she thought the best way to combat me was to physically attack me, is something I just can't stand beside. I don't think there's any excuses to that."
Insider reached out to Thornton but didn't immediately hear back. Still, in a 2022 interview with Page Six's entertainment reporter Evan Real, the reality star regretted the incident.
"I do not think that anybody deserves to have a glass [thrown] in their face. I'm not perfect. I make mistakes. I have this thing with food, and it flying in the air, clearly," she said.
"I'm going to work on tossing things," Thornton added. "I immediately go into this, like, 'Oh, my gosh Mia, no one deserves to have anything thrown at them.' Like, that's real rude. I will own that. Self-accountability 101. It's not the nicest thing to do to anybody."
During last Sunday's second installment of the season seven reunion, Osefo broke down in tears as she relived what she described as assault.
And on Thursday, she told Insider that, nearly a year later, she still feels more needs to be done.
Osefo said she has not been "privy" to any internal investigation regarding Thornton's conduct and, if there has been one, "I have not been a part of that." Representatives for Bravo and Truly Original did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
"I don't know the inner workings, or the backstories to how cast members are disciplined, or what happens to them when things like this occur," Osefo said. "What I do know is that disciplinary action should take place."
"We should not come to work — because, for us, this is a workplace, right? It's a work environment — you should not come to work feeling as though you are going to be attacked or assaulted. And in the event that does happen, there should be ramifications for it," Osefo added. "I do not believe people should be able to walk freely and just go about hitting, punching, slapping, throwing drinks on people."
Asked whether she has raised her ongoing feelings to executive producer Andy Cohen or production company Truly Original, Osefo said: "I think that the team is very aware. If not for nothing else, they were all present at the reunion. They are all very aware about how I feel following what transpired in Miami."
This is not the first time that verbal sparring has turned into something physical on "Potomac." Former housewife Monique Samuels physically attacked costar Candiace Dillard Bassett back in season five. Samuels subsequently left the cast ahead of season six.
Should Thornton similarly be ousted? Osefo said it's a matter for "production and Andy to decide."
"Monique has said that she decided to leave and I believe Andy has cosigned that, so I don't know if she was asked to leave," the Johns Hopkins University assistant professor said.
"But I do not believe that when we assault each other there should be no consequences. This is the real world, right? It's reality TV. In the real world, if you assault somebody, you will face consequences. So, since we are in a simulation of a real-world environment, then real-world consequences should happen."
The final part of the "Real Housewives of Potomac" season seven reunion airs Sunday on Bravo.
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