Today, Jason Hoppy was back in court for a hearing regarding charges of one count of harassment in the second degree, one count of aggravated harassment in the second degree, and one count of stalking in the fourth degree. Bethenny Frankel sent her attorneys to represent her as she is in Los Angeles today filming her episode of Shark Tank. The news reports for this case seem to be all over the place. It appears that yesterday Frankel provided the court with documentation from the original events (mostly texts and phone calls and one face to face encounter) that resulted in two additional charges filed against Hoppy, one count of stalking in the third degree, another count of stalking in the fourth degree. These are not new events, simply new charges added on to the original three. This leaves Hoppy facing a total of five charges.
In March, Hoppy refused a plea deal. The court offered to drop the charges if he plead guilty to the one charge of harassment and attended anger management classes.
During today’s proceedings, Hoppy’s attorney stated that the plaintiff’s attorney’s had not fully disclosed their discovery on the two additional cases and he was therefore unable to continue with proceedings. The judge order Bethenny’s attorneys to turn over the discovery materials within two weeks and reset the trial for August 8th. Hoppy’s attorney also submitted a motion to dismiss that was denied by the judge.
It is interesting that Frankel’s legal team would be adding additional charges at this point in the proceedings. Since Hoppy has refused to agree to a settlement, or a plea deal, it seems as if there may be some benefit to Frankel in dragging this situation out. Despite the dramatics on RHONY she seems completely unbothered by these court proceedings and doesn’t even need to show up. She has the money to drag it out and there is enough ill-will on both sides to where she would have a motive to drag things out simply to financially and emotionally drain Hoppy. Clearly, it is in the best interest of Bryn for both sides to come to a civilized understanding with a workable parenting plan. It’s unclear which party bears the most responsibility for this mess.
People Magazine has published excerpts from the court documents that are allegedly the basis for the five charges against Hoppy. I’ll pull out the purple pen here.
- Frankel alleges that on Aug. 31, 2016, she received a text message from Hoppy stating, “Despite your games, I’ll never let you do to me what your mother did to your father. I’ll never go away.”
How is this a crime? Sounds like he is saying he won’t be run out of Bryn’s life by her manipulations.
- Frankel alleges that on Oct. 10, 2016, she received an email from Hoppy stating, “You left me no choice but to go to extremes and include your staff and current boyfriend…to try and get through to you.”
Again, is it criminal to copy her assistant or her boyfriend on emails when she stops responding to him?
- One day later, on Oct. 11, Frankel alleges that Hoppy sent her another email stating, “Your definition of harassment is comical. I will continue to communicate with you as I see fit.”
It is pretty comical. However, the sheer volume of emails sent by Hoppy could be considered harassment. On the other hand, what is he supposed to do if she cuts off communication? Stop trying and go away? Perhaps that is what Bethenny is hoping for?
- Frankel alleges that on Oct. 14, 2016, she received two emails in which Hoppy stated in each email, “I will continue to communicate with you as I see fit,” as well as a text message with the same statement.
And? At this point there was not a cease and desist let alone a restraining order.
- After she sent him an email on Nov. 8, 2016 requesting that he stop communicating with her, Frankel alleges that Hoppy sent her repeated emails requesting to meet her in person and provide copies of her life insurance policy.
You can’t ask the father of your child who has custody to stop communicating with you because he is annoying and overly persistent. If you could half the mothers in the world would do this. The life insurance policy thing is kind of creepy. Perhaps he was taking out his own policy and wanted to know how much she was leaving Bryn? I mean I presume Bryn is the sole beneficiary.
- On Nov. 22, 2016, Frankel’s attorney sent Hoppy a letter requesting that he cease and desist all communication with her. From that day through Jan. 27, 2017 — the day of Hoppy’s arrest — Frankel alleges that she received approximately 160 emails from Hoppy.
This does seem actionable. However, that is still an average of about two email per day. The allegation doesn’t mention any threatening behavior.
- On Jan. 17, 2017, Frankel alleges that Hoppy approached her and her boyfriend and repeatedly stated, “Okay I see. This is how you want to do this. Okay. You can play your game. It doesn’t matter. You can get 10 lawyers. There’s nothing you can do to stop me. You’ll be sorry. You’ve been warned. I can’t help it. She’s pure evil. You’ve been warned. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.”
I believe that People might have taken a liberty by using the word repeatedly as only one face to face interaction had occurred and that was at Bryn’s school where there was some disagreement during a drop off or a pick up. I also believe the words were exchanged to two different people. The first half was directed to Bethenny, and then, starting with “You’ll be sorry” That appears to be a warning to Bethenny’s then boyfriend Dennis Shields about his opinion on being in a relationship with Bethenny and warning him away from her. The pair broke up not long afterward.
In my opinion, this is the sort of nasty custody and visitation disputes that go on all over the country on a daily basis. It seems that only rich people find it necessary to run to court and press criminal charges on each other.
The judge also reminded Hoppy of his restraining order against Bethenny. See that is what normal warring ex-spouses do. They get a restraining order. Bethenny is claiming emotional distress according to some reports. That is a civil matter. She’s not going to be awarded any emotional distress relief in a criminal court room. In addition all of these are misdemeanor charges as far as I know. They already offered to let him off with an anger management course. That would have been a whole lot easier than defending himself which is what he continues to do.
Am I crazy or is it time for Bethenny to get off his jock?