Sources said that Bravo plans to use exclusive footage of the scandal surrounding the 47-year-old — who, along with her assistant, was charged with conspiracy to commit wire fraud in connection with telemarketing and conspiracy to commit money laundering — in the upcoming season.
"Bravo knows full well that viewers are following every detail of this case and will continue to do so as it progresses, so producers plan to follow it just as closely and use whatever footage they legally can," an insider explained. "So far, they have filmed the lead-up to and aftermath of Jen’s arrest as well as her costars’ reactions, of course."
"It’s rare that Bravo has a big hit like RHOSLC on its hands right out of the gate, and the team hoped to continue that momentum when production for Season 2 began," a source said. "Now, with the news of Jen’s arrest, they are sure to have even more success than they imagined, especially since Jen hopes to continue shooting if Bravo and her lawyers allow it. She can only say so much, however, as it remains an ongoing case."
As OK! previously reported, Shah was arrested while filming the second season along with assistant Stuart Smith for their alleged involvement in a telemarketing scam that ripped off ten or more people over the age of 55 from 2012-March 2021. Shah and Smith, along with others, allegedly took part in a scheme to sell so-called "business services" to hundreds of people with online businesses.
Shah is not being held in prison and is reportedly out on a $1 million bond and can continue to film RHOLSC. As part of her bail conditions, Shah was also ordered to hand her passport in to court.
The pair pleaded not guilty to all the charges and will face trial in October. If found guilty, Shah could face up to 30 years in prison for fraud charges and 20 years behind bars for conspiracy to commit money laundering.
Shah broke her silence on the matter and shared several "#FreeJenShah" memes on social media. "Thank you for being loyal, believing in me and not believing the hype," Shah wrote on her Instagram Story over the weekend. "This journey has showed me who my true friends are. All my love #ShahSquad."