RHONY star Bethenny Frankel is back in court with her ex-husband Jason Hoppy regarding a custody battle for their daughter Bryn. While in court, Hoppy also accused Frankel of exploiting Dennis Shield’s death.
Jason Hoppy had asked Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Michael Katz to order drug testing for Frankel after her boyfriend Dennis Shields died of a suspected drug overdose in August, Page Six reports.
“There was a tragedy which I think you’re trying to exploit to embarrass Ms. Frankel,” Katz lectured Hoppy in denying the request for drug testing.
Hoppy’s lawyer, Robert Wallack, argued that in addition to Shields’ death, Frankel had “posted a video of herself on Instagram where she was clearly intoxicated and slurring her speech” last week. She also “appeared on TV passed out from mixing alcohol with Ambien,” Wallack said, referring to “Holidazed and Confused,” the May 30 episode of Frankel’s Bravo show, Wallack said.
“If this is what she’s putting out in public, we don’t know what she’s doing in private,” Wallack said.
Frankel’s attorney, Allan Mayefsky, insisted his client didn’t have a substance abuse problem.
“She’s on television, she’s entertaining. It’s her livelihood to say, ‘I’m out with friends having a good time,’” Mayefsky said.
The judge expressed skepticism about the timing of Hoppy’s drug testing demand, which he made only after the judge granted Frankel’s request for a custody trial.
The trial starts in March.