Real Housewives of Orange County Star Gretchen Rossi sued her alleged ex-boyfriend Jay Photoglou in 2010 for defamation and among several other things, claiming Jay lied about being her ex, trashed her in the media and as a result, she lost job opportunities. Gretchen won the $500,000 lawsuit in November 2012, but Jay went to the judge recently and asked for a re-trial, suggesting the jurors were starstruck by Gretchen.
TMZ reports the documents Jay filed in California are claiming the jury’s verdict was based solely on popularity and NOT the evidence because Gretchen is “a beautiful actress and [Jay] is a used car salesman.” Gretchen fired back saying she won the $500K fair and square and there is no need for a re-trial.
On February 8th the judge sided with Gretchen, again, and said there was “sufficient evidence to support the jury’s finding.” And adds, “A verdict of $500,000 is not excessive.”
Photo Credit: Bravo