Bethenny Frankel’s ex-husband Jason Hoppy mentioned he has “serious concerns” in regards to the Real Housewives of New York City star’s “parental judgement” relating to their Eight-year-old daughter Bryn after Frankel’s boyfriend Dennis Shields died of an alleged overdose.
“It was reported that he died of an Oxycodone overdose,” Hoppy’s lawyer Robert Wallack advised Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Michael Katz in courtroom on Thursday, August 16, Us Weekly can affirm. “Our concern is while his death is very sad, this raises serious concerns about Ms. Frankel’s parental judgment.”
“Dennis Shields spent a great deal of time with Bryn and even cared for Bryn at times when Ms. Frankel wasn’t around,” Wallack continued. “Considering Mr. Shields’ addiction, what does that say about Ms. Frankel’s parenting that she would allow this person to care for her daughter? This doesn’t just constitute a lapse in judgment, this was just downright dangerous parenting.”
Us Weekly confirmed on August 10 that Frankel’s on-again, off-again boyfriend Shields was found dead at his apartment in Trump Tower. Four days later, a supply advised Us that the businessman, who began a romantic relationship with the truth star in 2016 after greater than 20 years of friendship, had proposed to Frankel in April.
Shields’ explanation for loss of life continues to be below investigation, however TMZ and Page Six reported on the time that the banker died of a suspected overdose from prescribed drugs.
Frankel’s relationship with Hoppy, in the meantime, has been tumultuous since their 2012 break up. The exes’ divorce was finalized in July 2016 after greater than three years of custody and financial battles. Their relationship made headlines once more in 2017 after Hoppy was arrested for allegedly stalking and harassing Frankel. The Skinny Girl creator was later granted a six-month order of protection in opposition to Hoppy.
A supply within the courtroom advised Us Weekly that the pair had been in courtroom on Thursday as a result of Frankel beforehand requested for one more trial to realize main custody of Bryn.
“Bethenny, in Bryn’s best interest, asked for a new trial. The minute the judge agreed to that today, Jason’s side brought up the Dennis stuff,” the supply mentioned. “The judge said now you’re throwing ‘grenades.’ Jason and his team were OK with Bethenny as a mom when they walked into the courtroom, but then once Bethenny got what she wanted, they didn’t think the was a good mom.”
The supply added that Frankel first filed papers in December. A brand new trial date has been set for March.
Hoppy’s lawyer additionally accused Frankel of behaving inappropriately throughout a season 10 episode of RHONY titled “Holidazed and Confused,” which aired in May.
“There was a recent episode in which she appeared to be intoxicated. … She was running around without clothes on and then she passed out and it was said she passed out from mixing Ambien with alcohol,” Wallack claimed on Thursday. “Our concerns are whether Ms. Frankel may have some type of substance-abuse problems, so we would ask the court to order drug testing of Ms. Frankel to find out whether that’s an issue.”
Us Weekly has reached out to Frankel’s staff for a remark.
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