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Tamra Barney vs. Gretchen Rossi take 20.

Days after Gretchen sort of made a valid point called Tamra a hypocrite for her actions on the Real Housewives of Orange County, Tamra is now responding. In a new interview, Tamra refers to Gretchen as being “obsessed” with her and also makes reference to her legal issues and dead-beat boyfriend Slade Smiley.

“Gretchen’s constantly bashing me in interviews is nothing more than a clever diversion, created so the attention is not on the three lawsuits in which she is currently involved and the problems with her [boyfriend Slade's] past-due child support,” Tamra tells E! Online via an email she sent to them. “She has NO knowledge of the issues I had with Jeana [Keough], yet she constantly finds reasons to talk about me in interviews, on the show and on her Bravo blogs.”

Tamra continued, “She is nothing more than obsessed with me…You would think with all her legal problems, she would use her time more wisely. I truly feel sorry for her and hope that she lets go of the anger she has in her heart as I did for Jeana Keough.”

Ouch. Tamra also promises all of her drama with Gretchen will be addressed on the upcoming 2-part reunion show.

And speaking of Gretchen’s legal drama, she scored a small victory in court this week against her ex Jay Photoglou. A week after requesting a protective order to keep Jay from talking to the press about certain issues, Gretchen was granted most of it.

A judge granted a protective order which prohibits both Gretchen and Jay from discussing the “sexual history of either party, either party’s financial information,” plus home and cellular telephone numbers and home addresses. As we speculated last week, this order was likely requested by Gretchen to prevent her financial information from leaking to the press during a deposition. Gretchen was ordered to fork over $40,000 to Jay for his legal fees earlier this year and has yet to.

In fact Jay’s attorney Bryan Freedman confirms a deposition is indeed in the works. “Our next move is to take Rossi’s deposition within the next few weeks,” said Bryan.

TELL US – WHO IS OBSESSED WITH WHOM? GRETCHEN OR TAMRA?

Another day, another update in the never ending legal battle between Gretchen Rossi and ex Jay Photoglou.

The latest news is that Gretchen, star of the Real Housewives of Orange County, is asking a judge to muzzle Jay from talking to the media about their legal battle, in which they are both suing each other for defamation, libel, amongst other claims.

According to Radar Online, Gretchen is seeking a protective order that would prevent Jay from discussing or disclosing “any information obtained through pretrial discovery, including her deposition.”

Jay is of course not happy with Gretchen’s filing with his lawyer, Bryan Freedman, stating: “Rossi has filed a motion for protective order. She seeks a protective order for all discovery she produces in this matter, including her deposition. We opposed the motion on numerous grounds including the fact that, while she seeks a protective order, she is simultaneously litigating the case in public and referencing to third parties (albeit inaccurate), statements allegedly made by Photoglou in his deposition.”

Jay also feels the request is offensive because “the protective order is patently unfair as it is one-sided and seeks to limit the public from knowing Photoglou’s side of the story only.”

A hearing for the protective order has been set for Thursday, June 2.

So far, Gretchen has found herself mostly on the losing end of this legal battle as she was forced to fork over $20k to Jay last year to help cover his attorney fees, and was then ordered to pay another $40k earlier this year – something she has reportedly yet to pay.

“Rossi has failed to pay those attorney fees per the Court’s order. She has snubbed her nose at the court order,” said Jay’s attorney. “Photoglou is in the process of taking further action against her to recover those fees, although it has yet to happen.”

Gretchen will likely have to go through a deposition if she doesn’t pay up the $40k. Her request is to prevent personal details from that from making it to the press, such as her earnings, her expenses, how much she actually received from her deceased fiance Jeff Beitzel, etc.

*There will be no new episode of the RHOC tonight due to the holiday.

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