The Real Housewives of Orange County stars Tamra Judge and Shannon Beador are being sued by Jim Bellino, the former husband of their former co-star, Alexis.
He says that they have maliciously defamed him, but Tamra’s team has fired back saying that, in order to be defamation, it needs to actually be false.
Now, Jim is insisting that he can prove that they’re liars — with a little help from Gretchen Rossi and Slade Smiley.
Usually, someone who just went through a divorce is happy to be done with courtrooms for a while. Not so for Jim Bellino.
The dude is suing Tamra Judge and Shannon Beador to the tune of $1 million, and he says that he can prove it with corroboration from Gretchen Rossi and Slade Smiley.
RadarOnline obtained court documents that show that Jim Bellino’s team wants them to testify.
They, Jim says, “have indicated that they have testimony to provide that [Beador and Judge] have a pattern and practice of fabricating stories about various individuals.”
Jim hopes that their testimony will make it clear if Tamra and Shannon “harbor ill-will, anger, or hostility” towards Jim.
Jim’s team is insisting that Tamra and Shannon, rather than merely gossiping about a fellow public figure, are out to get him.
“Indeed, the anger and hostility displayed by Defendants toward Plaintiff Bellino has long history, dating back years,” he argues in court documents.
“As early as 2011, Defendant Judge (at that time using the surname ‘Barney’) was targeting Plaintiff Bellino,” records claim.
“And,” the documents continue. “Fabricating malicious lies that Plaintiff was a ‘faux Christian’ and was a cocaine dealer.”
One of those sounds like a wildly subjective opinion. The other … not so much.
Speaking to RadarOnline, Slade Smiley says that Jim is misrepresenting his and Gretchen’s eagerness to wade into this court battle.
“We were contacted by the lawyer,” Slade acknowledges.
“And,” he continues. “Told him the last thing that we want is to be caught up in another lawsuit with anyone.”
That is more than understandable — especially given that it’s over something that many believe to be so petty.
“I did not reach out to them at all,” Slade emphasizes. “That is why we are being subpoenaed.”
If they’re being subpoenaed, that means that they’ll still have to help Jim — or at least tell the court what they know — whether they want to or not.
This started on June 26, when Shannon and Tamra went on Heather McDonald’s podcast.
In light of Jim and Alexis Bellino’s divorce, which was underway at the time but has since reached a settlement, Tamra and Shannon spoke about Jim.
They said that he was a “shady motherf–ker” who was “going to jail.”
They also alleged that his trampoline parks were dangerous.
The last date of this court battle was on Wednesday, September 26.
The next hearing is scheduled for Thursday, October 18, and a motion has been pushed back to December.
Given the way that things are going, it doesn’t look like either side is going to back down. This could drag on well into 2019.
It seems unlikely that Tamra and Shannon are going to cave and surrender $1 million because they, Real Housewives, said something disparaging about a dude.
That leaves the ball in Jim’s court.
Fans wonder: is he going to keep throwing money at court while making himself look defensive in public, or is he going to drop this before it starts to consume his life?