We were momentarily distracted by his abs until TMZ revealed that Michael A. Cerussi III was accused of rape when he was in college. When Michael, who at 34 is almost a decade younger than BitchyBethenny, was attending Union College in New York another student accused him of raping her.
The victim took her complaints to the school who took them very seriously and expelled Michael. The alleged victim never filed a police report but instead opted to sue Michael in civil court. In return Michael sued both the girl and the school for defamation.
The talk show host was spotted on vacation over the New Year's holiday and on New Year's Eve the two were making out. "Bethenny and a date were there with a group of friends" and it was "definitely romantic," a spy shared with E! News. "She seemed relaxed with him and having a great time. At the stroke of midnight, they shared a passionate kiss and proceeded to make out in front of everyone."
In Touch Weekly did some investigating and discovered that the new beau is Michael “Mac” Cerussi III, and he's pretty hot! The two reportedly exchanged kisses at Mondrian South Beach.
Well now Bethenny is suddenly dating someone. Isn't that convenient. She's trying a different angle on the 'I need attention' train, because at this point she needs to do anything to boost ratings for her lagging talk show! Yesterday Bethenny "accidentally" revealed on her show that yeah, she's kinda with someone again.
GG Gharachedaghi from Shahs of Sunset was the guest and they were doing a pre-taped segment. GG she was discussing her failed engagement when Bethenny slipped and spilled that she too has moved on following a traumatic breakup. Couldn't have been that traumatic as she recently revealed that she never loved Jason Hoppy all that much!
Amid their nasty court battle which centers around custody of their daughterBryn, the former Bethenny Ever After stars have been told by a judge to stop illicitly recording each other in their shared home! Say, whaaaaa?!
Since they separated, Jason has reportedly been making secret audio and video recordings of Bethenny, their nanny, and her Skinnygirl staff. Oh yeah, she still 'runs her empire' out of their Tribeca loft. Riiiiigggght! Even more, a source tells TMZ that Jason has somehow procured access to Bethenny's email to further monitor her! Is Jason trying to get a job with the CIA?
Bethenny admits that she she is soured on the idea of a fairy tale love story. "Part of my identity was always looking for a man. I always wanted to meet someone – to complete you, take care of you," Bethenny acknowledges of her history with men and with reality TV.
I've been wondering why Bethenny Frankel had crawled out of her Skinnygirl hole lately and started doing a lot of press. Then I remembered she has a new self-help book and a talk show to promote! Of course…
Since everyone wants to know about Bethenny's never-ending divorce to Jason Hoppy, she's doing what she does best and spilling her side of the story. I guess Jason was unsuccessful in securing that gag order…
"I'm going through a brutal, brutal time," Bethenny shares with ABC about her divorce and custody dispute. "I'm definitely bruised."
Oh Bethenny Frankel, if only… if only you hadn't staged that big ol' reality TV wedding and spinoff then maybe your very public divorce to Jason Hoppy wouldn't be so brutal!
With the couple battling in court over custody of their daughter Bryn and custody of their recently renovated apartment, Bethenny describes the divorce process as a daily struggle. "It's been hard," she admits to Life & Style. “It’s been difficult to stay sane.”
One may argue that Bethenny has never been sane – part of her charm? – but the divorce process is putting her closer to the brink than ever! To escape she's been vacationing (and possibly canoodling) with a billionaire and putting all her focus on her new talk show, Bethenny.