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.
â€œThere was a tragedy which I think youâ€™re trying to exploit to embarrass Ms. Frankel,â€ Katz lectured Hoppy in denying the request for drug testing.
Hoppyâ€™s lawyer, Robert Wallack, argued that in addition to Shieldsâ€™ death, Frankel had â€œposted a video of herself on Instagram where she was clearly intoxicated and slurring her speechâ€ last week. She also â€œappeared on TV passed out from mixing alcohol with Ambien,â€ Wallack said, referring to â€œHolidazed and Confused,â€ the May 30 episode of Frankelâ€™s Bravo show, Wallack said.
â€œIf this is what sheâ€™s putting out in public, we donâ€™t know what sheâ€™s doing in private,â€ Wallack said.
Frankelâ€™s attorney, Allan Mayefsky, insisted his client didnâ€™t have a substance abuse problem.
â€œSheâ€™s on television, sheâ€™s entertaining. Itâ€™s her livelihood to say, â€˜Iâ€™m out with friends having a good time,â€™â€ Mayefsky said.
The judge expressed skepticism about the timing of Hoppyâ€™s drug testing demand, which he made only after the judge granted Frankelâ€™s request for a custody trial.
The trial starts in March.