Now that Bethenny has finished her talk show, it seems she finally has time to begin the formal divorce proceedings. According to the New York Daily News, yesterday was the first day of testimony and Bethenny took the stand. She wasted no time in going all in on her soon to be ex-husband Jason Hoppy. Bethenny testified that she wrote Jason a letter telling him that she wanted a divorce and that once he read it he She said her life became “brutal, horrendous, and excruciating.” Um, who writes a letter to the husband that you live with asking for a divorce rather than just talking to him face to face?
Bethenny cried on the stand as she recounted numerous mistreatments by Jason during the separation. Bethenny testified that Jason told her, “If you don’t want to be with me and you’re ending this marriage, I want nothing to do with you ever again. I’m going to destroy you. You’re already losing fans. I’m going to ruin you.”
During the infamous standoff over the apartment it was apparently just like the movie War of the Roses. Bethenny testified that Jason would stare at her wordlessly, videotape her and interrupt her time with Bryn by climbing into bed with her when she was laying with Bryn and whisper into her ear, “You’re done. You’re finished.”
In addition, Bethenny testified that Jason said, “I’m going to destroy you. I’m going to have you and your publicist crying and crumbling in a corner. Now you’re going to see what I was like on the basketball court.” Bethenny testified Jason also told her, “You don’t know what it’s like to have a family, you’ll never have a family. Let’s go, baby.”
Bethenny endured this treatment and refused to leave the apartment for over a year and finally moved into another apartment in the same neighborhood recently. Jason’s attorney claims that when she moved out Bethenny took all of Byrn’s toys, clothes and stuffed animals from the family’s shared home leaving nothing behind.
People magazine reports that Jason’s attorney claimed in court that Bethenny is using her daughter as a publicity prop. People reported, ” Hoppy’s attorney also charges that Frankel secretly modeled the character in her upcoming children’s book after Bryn and arranged to be photographed pushing her stroller with a bottle of her Skinnygirl cocktail in the cup holder.”
Both parties are warring not only over custody of Bryn, but over how the child should be raised. Bethenny agreed to allow Bryn to be baptized in the Catholic church to appease the Hoppy family, and to allow her to attend services on major holidays. She is upset they are taking Bryn to church for regular services as well. Also, Bethenny had been raising Bryn as a vegetarian and Jason has been feed her bacon! Church?! Bacon?! Oh the horrors!
The couple is expected to return to court on June 11th when presumably it will be time for Jason to take the stand.
What do y’all make of all this? Was Jason’s on camera appearance all a ruse as Bethenny claims? Is he really an evil bacon eating Catholic in real life?