Ramona Singer of Real Housewives of New York City thought that Bethenny Frankel was being “opportunistic” when she showed up to Bobby Zarin’s funeral and had a moment with Jill Zarin in front of Bravo’s cameras. Well, it seems like Bethenny’s ex-husband Jason Hoppy is trying to show that moment up. Because he is using the overdose death of her on-and-off boyfriend Dennis Shields as reason to revisit their custody agreement.
Us Weekly says Jason expressed “serious concerns” about Bethenny’s parental judgment after Dennis is reported to have overdosed on Oxycodone. Jason’s lawyer did what lawyers do and tried to turn it into a way to reopen a custody battle over Jason and Bethenny’s daughter, Brynn:
“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.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.”
Jason and Bethenny have had a divorce that makes Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie’s look like a friendly lovers’ spat. Jason was arrested last year for allegedly harassing and stalking Bethenny, and she requested a trial this year to get primary custody of Brynn. A source says that has everything to do with Jason now fighting a little (ok, a lot) below the belt:
“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 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.”
In a move that would be an Andy Cohen wet dream and considering how this season went, I’d assume all of Bethenny’s RHONYC castmates are going to show up as surprise star witnesses on behalf of Jason. His team also claims she seemed drunk and on Ambien in an episode of RHONYC this season, which is rich since Jason didn’t seem to mind when she was drunk and on Ambien during all the seasons HE appeared.