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Joe Giudice has officially been released from custody and flew to Italy on Friday (October 11) to await the outcome of the appeal in his ongoing deportation case, multiple outlets are reporting. The Real Housewives of New Jersey husband's release came about a week after he was granted permission to be sent to his native Italy amid his ongoing legal matter.
In a statement to E! News, the Giudice family attorney said that despite feeling "very happy" that Joe has been released from custody, Teresa and four daughters are "very sad that he is still not home where he belongs."
In another statement to TMZ, family attorney Giudice family attorney, James J. Leonard Jr. confirmed that Joe has spoken to members of his family following his release. "Teresa is very happy and got very emotional after speaking to Joe today. He called both her and Gia from the plane. It's bittersweet, everyone is happy he is out but no one is happy he is going to Italy. He belongs with his wife and four daughters," he said in a statement. "I met with Joe face to face a week ago at the prison in Pennsylvania. This is a man who loves his family and is not done fighting by any means. He wants to come home."
Leonard Jr. confirmed to PEOPLE that while he is no longer in custody, “we are still fighting and it is his desire to return home to the United States to be reunited with his family.”
The video above breaks down every turn the Giudices' legal matters have taken over the years, including how Teresa Giudice has been handling the matter and raising their four daughters following her own jail time in 2015.
Teresa previously opened up about how detrimental it would be for her daughters to not have their father at home if Joe does, in fact, get deported in a video exclusive to Bravo Insider, below.
"If he gets deported, he'll never be able to go to their graduation[s], celebrate their birthdays, anything," Teresa shared. "He's going to be missing out on so much. The girls adore their father and no child should have to go through what my daughters are going through. They should have their daddy here."
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