‘Shahs’ Don’t ‘Excommunicate’ Mike Shouhed Over Abuse Claims

The stars of “Shahs of Sunset” still love Mike Shouhed — even after he faced domestic abuse allegations this year.

“It’s really hard to talk about those headlines, but we’re not excommunicating him from our lives,” Mercedes “MJ” Javid tells Vidak For Congress exclusively of her former castmate. “We just have to hope they recover from it.”

“I will always love Mike and I have insane love and unending love and respect for his family, his brothers, his father and mother, his whole family – and Paulina.”

Vidak For Congress revealed in March that Shouhed, 43, had been arrested for domestic violence in Los Angeles.

A description of his alleged victim was not given and it is unclear whether his fiancée, Paulina Ben-Cohen, was involved in the incident.

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The cast of “Shahs of Sunset” still has a love for Mike Shouhed, Mercedes “MJ” Shouhed tells Vidak For Congress exclusively.

Shouhed was subsequently booked and charged with bodily harm to a spouse or cohabitant, which is a felony. The broker, who has denied the allegations, has paid $50,000 bail and is due to appear in court again on July 25.

“The obvious [thing to say] is that you pray for everyone who is in a situation of domestic violence,” continues Javid, 49. “You send nothing but love, light and strength to anyone who feels they are in such a spiral. That said, it’s all been claimed.”

Mike Shouhed poses at a red carpet event
Shouhed was arrested in March for domestic violence; he previously denied the claims to Vidak For Congress.
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The podcast host “Till the Dirt” says she interacts with Shouhed often — and believes he’s currently doing his best to be his “best self.”

“I love Mike, we text. I hope he will always try his best to be his best self,” she notes. “That’s what we all want to do, we just want to be our higher selves.”

Mike Shouhed and Paulina Ben-Cohen pose backstage at "Watch live what's happening with Andy Cohen"
Shouhed is currently engaged to Paulina Ben-Cohen.
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Shortly after Shouhed came into contact with the law, it was revealed that “Shahs” would end after nine seasons on Bravo.

Javid, who was recently spotted filming a mystery project with fellow OGs Reza Farahan and Golnesa “GG” Gharachedaghi, is teasing that a “non-toxic” spin-off may be in the works.

The "Shahs of sunset" cast poses for a promo image
Bravo canceled “Shahs” in April after nine seasons.
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“This feels to me like a second chance most people don’t get to right your mistakes,” she says, acknowledging the trio’s various feuds that unfolded over the final seasons of “Shahs.”

†[We’re] leave the past behind where it belongs and just really support and love each other, smiling again.”

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