Just months after being forced to pay over $22,000 in attorney fees to her ex-boyfriend Jay Photoglou, RadarOnline is now reporting Orange County Superior Court Judge Gregory Munoz tentatively ruled on Wednesday that Jay be awarded fees and costs of $40,799.38 as a result of an anti-SLAPP motion he filed. The official ruling is expected to be finalized any day now.
This all stems from Jay’s lawsuit against Gretchen for libel, slander and five other counts. “We filed a motion for attorneys fees asking for $80,000 knowing, the truth is, the best we could do is probably get half that because we won half the motion,” Jay’s attorney Bryan J. Freedman told RadarOnline.
Gretchen, who filed a counter suit against Jay for defamation, suffered another legal blow two months ago when the same judge threw out a huge portion of her lawsuit against Jay, including claims of defamation, slander and portrayal in a false light.
Jay is also suing Gretchen for defamation. Jay’s case stems from Gretchen’s claims that she was never romantically involved with him though the countless number of photos leaked out by him show otherwise.
“But the good part is she’ll be writing a check for $40,000 or be held in contempt of court,” Jay’s attorney added.
In other OC news, it seems there’s yet another bankruptcy to report. According to Jezebel.com, Simon Barney, estranged husband of Tamra Barney, filed bankruptcy on December 2, 2010. While no additional details were reported, the site reveals it was chapter 13 bankruptcy. We will bring you more details as soon as we get our hands on it.
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The lawsuit which was filed in Orange County Superior Court in April 2009, alleges fraud, deceit, wrongful foreclosure, breach of written contracts and other complaints.
According to the suit, Jim, his lawyer Michael York, and California Empire Funding Corporation wrongfully foreclosed on a Laguna Beach property called the InVogue Hotel. The couple behind the suit, Shashi Tejpaul and Gail Duncan, are saying that despite making payments on the property and getting a written and verbal agreement from Jim and his lawyer, they still elected to foreclose on the property.
Jim, 48, and his lawyer York, who also happens to be his brother-in-law, however deny the allegations stating Tejpaul and Duncan made misrepresentations to obtain the loan, used the money for other purposes and stopped making payments on their loan.
Jim and his company have also filed a counter suit against Tejpaul and Duncan alleging fraud amongst other things.
The fraud suit against Jim is set to go to trial Jan. 10, which happens to be the same date the bank is planning to hold an auction on Alexis and Jim’s home which is still in foreclosure. The auction date was postponed to Jan. 10 after Jim filed bankruptcy protection for his company Global Marine Inc., which just happens to hold the title to the Bellino home.
The Bellinos’ attorney also tells RadarOnline that Jim and Alexis are not going down without a fight as they are now considering suing Chase Bank. “Right now we’re considering legal action against Chase, regarding the fact that they changed the terms of their loan modification agreement,” said York.
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The OC Register is reporting that just 2 days before his home with wife Alexis Bellino, 32, was scheduled to go on the auction block due to foreclosure, Jim filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection for his company.
Jim is reportedly the president of Global Marine, Inc. — a single-asset real estate corporation. The 7-page document filed Wednesday at U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Central District of California states that “after any exempt property is excluded and administrative expenses paid, there will be no funds available to unsecured creditors.”
So how much exactly does Jim’s company owe? Well that is not yet clear as the bankruptcy filing simply states the estimated number of creditors is between 1 and 49, and the estimated assets of Global Marine, Inc. are between $1,000,001 and $10 million.
The OC Register is also reporting the Bellinos’ auction date on their soon to be foreclosed Newport Beach home has been postponed to Jan. 10. The reason being due to Jim’s bankruptcy filing. You can see photos of that home here.
When contacted by the Register on Friday for a comment, Jim said “No comment” and hung up the phone.
The 6-bedroom, 6,400 sq. ft. Newport Beach mansion was previously set to be auctioned off back in August but the Bellinos were able to get that canceled as they got a loan modification from the bank. It now seems that loan modification might have fallen through.
“The bank changed the deal,” Michael York, the Bellino’s attorney said Tuesday of a verbal agreement that was announced by Jim back in August. According to York, no reason was given for the change.
The Bellinos also released the following statement – “We have been communicating with the bank regarding loan modification options for several months. The bank has changed its offer, and the market has further declined since August, but we are continuing to work with the bank in an effort to reach a mutually agreeable resolution.” It appears The Bellinos remain hopeful that the newest acution date will also be canceled.
While the Alexis and Jim continue to hope for a Hail Mary, the home is still listed for sale. A real estate listing from Lagunaseaside.com states “owner has over $6 Million into the property, reduced for quick sale.”
The asking price is now $3,395,000, slashed from a previous price of $4,995,000. Even if the Bellinos are able to sell their home before Friday, they would still be taking a loss as they currently owe $4,677,635.01 on their home mortage.
The 6,400 square ft. home boasts 6 bedrooms and 6 bathrooms as well as a a state-of-art kitchen, wine cellar, home theater, & large recreational area with pool table and bar. The home also includes a 6 car garage, multiple family rooms, den/office, and gym according to the listing.
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It’s deja vu all over again as RadarOnline is reporting thatJim and Alexis Bellino are facing foreclosure for the second time this year.
If you recall, the Real Housewives of Orange County stars faced foreclosure earlier this year when they defaulted on their $4.6 million home loan after failing to make $83,856.92 in payments. The Bellinos’ Newport home was in fact scheduled for auction back on Wednesday, Aug. 25. However the auction did not take place as they were able to obtain a last minute loan modification.
Well there is now more trouble. According to RadarOnline, Jim and Alexis have just received a new “property foreclosure notice” published in their local newspaper, The Daily Pilot, on Friday.
Despite the loan modification they got in August, it seems the Bellinos were still in financial trouble as they continued to try to unload the 6400 sq. ft. house, drastically slashing the price in the last four weeks. It went from $4,995,000 on November 10 to $3,695,000 on November 29.
With the addition of their missed payments, the Bellinos now owe $4,677,635.01 on their home. The new foreclosure notice means Jim and Alexis will be facing an auction sale of their mansion any day now.
The 6th season of the Real Housewives of OC is set to return to Bravo in January.
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Following the failure of Sheree Whitfield’sShe by Sheree, it seems a new Bravo housewife is ready to give the whole clothing line thingy a shot as well.
That brave one is Real Housewives of Orange County starAlexis Bellino. In an exclusive interview with RadarOnline, 33-year-old Alexis reveals her new found passion for fashion while also giving the site a sneak peak into her new couture dress line brilliantly called ‘Alexis Couture.’
“I am truly inspired by Valentino and Cavalli with Dolce and Gabbana fabrics and fit. I’ve added by own personal twist,” said Alexis. “I’ve been designing my line for 1 year and I’m really excited about the results.”
Originally hailing from Hannibal, Missouri, Alexis has three kids with hubbyJim Bellino, whom she met in 2005. “I have always said that being a great wife and mother comes first but Jim is super supportive of me working,” added Alexis.
Alexis plans to release Alexis Couture dress line in January 2011, the same month the 6th season of the OC Housewives is set to premiere on Bravo. Alexis is also planning a launch party in Beverly Hills on December 2.
Some photos of Alexis modeling her new line below. You can see more photos at RadarOnline.
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Despite her release from the hospital, the Real Housewives of Orange County star tells E! News that she is not feeling much better. The reason she was hospitalized? Internal bleeding due to ulcers in her colon.
Vicki also denies reports that her hospitalization was caused by anxiety from her divorce. “It’s not due to anxiety,” says Vicki. “It’s not due to a divorce. I’m very sick. I was hemorrhaging. It was very scary. I have internal bleeding in my colon, and they fixed it.”
Vicki tells E! she had surgery on Friday and is now home on required bed rest. “I’m not feeling good,” says Vicki. “They said I’ll be OK. It could flare up again, but I’m very healthy and I didn’t do anything to cause this. People just get sick. I’m going to be OK.”
E! also reports that Vicki’s soon to be ex-husband Donn Gunvalson paid her a hospital visit despite their pending divorce. “It’s amicable,” Vicki said. “We’re perfect. We’re not fighting.”