Andy Cohen claims ‘Real Housewives Of Potomac’ husband Michael Darby once ‘squeezed his butt’

Ashley Darby’s husband Michael took center stage during the final installment of The Real Housewives of Potomac reunion on Sunday, September 29, to discuss a whole new series of sexual misconduct claims against him. He was even accused of grabbing reunion host Andy Cohen’s butt,  a claim he emphatically denied but the Watch What Happens Live host did say happened.

Michael’s alleged butt grabbing has been a constant source of chatter with the RHOP women and the show’s audience. Things escalated when a cameraman brought a formal complaint accusing him of doing so in 2018.

The controversial husband was charged with felony assault and misdemeanor improper sexual conduct by a cameraman named Orville Palmer. Michael was accused of groping and grabbing him while they filmed the Bravo series. Those charges were eventually dismissed by a Montgomery County court due to insufficient evidence.

Gizelle BryantRobyn DixonKaren HugerCandiace Bassett Dillard and Monique Samuels brought up additional claims about Michael, 60, during the reunion that centered around him allegedly grabbing the butt of other male staffers over the years.

The women said that the alleged incidents took place in 2016 during the show’s first season, around the same time that Michael was caught grabbing Katie Rost’s then fiancé Andrew Martin’s behind on the dance floor on camera.

“Producers have told us you have done that to them,” Gizelle, 49, told Michael. “I was told the same thing,” Robyn, 40, then said. “That the same night that Michael grabbed Andrew’s butt, he also went around and grabbed their butts.”

Michael denied their accusations, repeatedly saying “that’s not true.”

Karen’s husband Ray then dropped a booty bombshell of his own when he claimed to have seen Michael grab Andy’s butt after the filming of a previous RHOP season.

“I’ve seen you grab someone’s behind, for myself. I saw you in a different situation,” Ray, 72, said. “I saw you grab Andy’s butt at the reunion... I saw that. You guys were kidding around. It’s not a big deal.”

“I did believe you did it,” Ray continued. “I didn’t think it was a bad thing. I thought you were being playful... My situation was, you do that. You told me and you told the world that you do that in Australia all the time.”

Michael once again maintained his innocence, saying, “What a waste of time. There’s another unfounded accusation from someone.”

“You and I might have had a fun joke about it. I don’t think I grabbed your butt,” he told Andy, 50, who agreed. “I don’t remember,” the Watch What Happens Live host said. “I’m sure I was fine with it. The show went well, I love you guys.”

Andy spoke further about the alleged situation during WWHL on Sunday, September 29, saying “That was me. It was at the end of the reunion a few years before, and I had just totally forgotten frankly. Someone at Bravo reminded me the next day. I said ‘Wow, Michael squeezed my butt.’ But he said that that’s a way he’s just friendly with other guys. Have you ever heard of that?!”

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NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 12: Andy Cohen and Patricia Clarkson visit SiriusXM Studios on February 12, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Santiago Felipe/Getty Images)
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NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 23: Andy Cohen attends the 92nd Street Y Presents Dan Rather Discussing His New Book 'What Unites Us' at 92nd Street Y on January 23, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)
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NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 16: TV host Andy Cohen attends the screening of Sony Pictures Classics' 'Call Me By Your Name' hosted by Calvin Klein and The Cinema Society at Museum of Modern Art on November 16, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage)
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NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 08: SiriusXM's Town Hall with Mark Wahlberg and Will Ferrell hosted by Andy Cohen (C) at SiriusXM Studios on November 8, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images for SiriusXM)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 15: Andy Cohen attends the 2017 NBCUniversal Upfront at Radio City Music Hall on May 15, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Taylor Hill/FilmMagic)
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NEW YORK, NY - MAY 08: SiriusXM host Andy Cohen and actress Diane Lane pose for photos during a taping of 'Andy Cohen Live' on SiriusXM's Radio Andy at the SiriusXM Studios on May 8, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Ben Gabbe/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 05: Andy Cohen and Naomi Campbell attend Sean Penn & Friends HAITI TAKES ROOT: A Benefit Dinner & Auction to Reforest & Rebuild Haiti to Support J/P Haitian Relief Organization at Sotheby's on May 5, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for J/P Haitian Relief Organization )
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 05: TV personality Andy Cohen attends The Sean Penn & Friends Haiti Takes Root Benefit Dinner & Auction Supporting J/P Haitian Relief Organization at Sotheby's on May 5, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Monica Schipper/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 05: (L-R) Andy Cohen, David Diehl, and Christy Turlington speak onstage during MTV's 2017 College Signing Day With Michelle Obama at The Public Theater on May 5, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images for MTV)
TODAY -- Pictured: Hoda Kotb, Kathie Lee Gifford and Andy Cohen on Wednesday, May 3, 2017 -- (Photo by: Nathan Congleton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 01: Goldie Hawn, Andy Cohen and Amy Schumer during the SiriusXM Town Hall with Goldie Hawn and Amy Schumer on Andy Cohen� Exclusive SiriusXM channel Radio Andy at SiriusXM Studio on May 1, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for SiriusXM)
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NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 26: Television personality Caitlyn Jenner (L) and host Andy Cohen speak during the SiriusXM 'Town Hall' with Caitlyn Jenner; 'Town Hall' to air on Andy Cohen's exclusive SiriusXM Channel Radio Andy at SiriusXM Studios on April 26, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for SiriusXM)
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NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 06: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) (L-R) SiriusXM host Andy Cohen poses with actor Samuel L. Jackson during a taping of SiriusXM's Radio Andy at the SiriusXM Studios on March 6, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - MARCH 04: Bravo Media's Andy Cohen hosts The 8th Annual Lenny Zakim Fund Casino Night In Boston at Four Seasons Hotel on March 4, 2017 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Paul Marotta/Getty Images for The Lenny Zakim Fund )
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NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 27: Lisa Kudrow (R) and Andy Cohen pose together at SiriusXM Studios on February 27, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Rob Kim/Getty Images)
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NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 15: Andy Cohen and Ricky Martin attend SiriusXM's 'Town Hall' With Ricky Martin (L); 'Town Hall' To Air On Andy Cohen's (R) Exclusive SiriusXM Channel Radio Andy on February 15, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Anna Webber/Getty Images for SiriusXM)
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NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 27: Tim Olyphant and Drew Barrymore interviewed for SiriusXM's Town Hall to air on Andy Cohen's Exclusive SiriusXM Channel Radio Andy on January 27, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images for SiriusXM)
LATE NIGHT WITH SETH MEYERS -- (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) -- Episode 477 -- Pictured: (l-r) Host Seth Meyers talks with Andy Cohen backstage on January 24, 2017 -- (Photo by: Lloyd Bishop/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
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