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Gretchen Rossi Lawsuit

A week after being sued by her former make-up artist and friend, Real Housewives of Orange County star Gretchen Rossi is now responding to the lawsuit.

On April 13, 2011, RonAnn Meyers sued both Gretchen and beau Slade Smiley for breach of oral contract and fraud/deceit for cutting her out of the Gretchen Christine Beaute makeup line. RonAnn is asking for $100,000 in damages after alleging she came up with the idea for the make-up line and agreed to be an equal partner with Gretchen only to be defrauded.

RonAnn also alleged she and Gretchen each deposited $5,000 into a joint business account but at a later date, Gretchen cleared out the remaining $2100 in the account without informing her.

In Gretchen’s response via her blog, she claims this is nothing but a shakedown from RonAnn and levies some accusations of her own. Gretchen claims RonAnn abandoned the business and only decided to complain after seeing how successful her brand had become. As for the allegation that she cleaned out the joint account, Gretchen claims it was done to put an end to the monthly account fees and that she only did it after failed attempts to get in touch with RonAnn. The full response is below -

“Since I have received so many questions from the media, and questions from my loyal fans and followers regarding the recent claims against Slade and I, with the assistance of our Counsel here is our formal response to the allegations being made.

Ron Ann Myers’ claims are false and nothing more than a transparent attempt to extort a settlement out of someone in the public eye. Although Gretchen works with many talented make-up artists on a weekly basis, she decided to involve Myers with starting her make-up line. At that time both contributed equal amounts of $5,000. A single product was ordered as a test sample. The women divided the product 50/50. As conversations about working together progressed, a written agreement was extended to Myers by Rossi. Myers refused to sign the agreement. Over the next week or so, Rossi and Myers encountered extreme difficulties working together. At this point, Rossi e-mailed Myers, rescinding the original offer to partner together.

In the e-mail to Myers, Gretchen offered to return to Ron Ann her $5,000 and asked her to return the product, since it had Rossi’s name on it. Myers responded in a recorded voicemail, saying, and we quote, “I appreciate your e-mail, I understand, I hope you got mine.” “You don’t need to pay me $5,000 back, that’s not necessary, and as far as the product goes, don’t worry about it, I will take care of it.” Thus, any relationship between Rossi and Myers ended. After several e-mails were sent regarding the termination of the relationship and the need to close the once joint bank account, Myers has refused to respond or communicate with Rossi or Smiley in any way. After several attempts to contact Myers with no response, Rossi closed the account due to it being charged monthly fees and has held the funds in trust.

For 18 months, Ron Ann Myers has abandoned the company, has made no attempt to contact Rossi or Smiley, and has never participated in any future development of the line, its website, its marketing, or promotions. Myers never contributed anything other than the original $5,000, and then kept the product in lieu of payment. Rossi has invested an exorbitant amount of time and money to build her brand and make-up line.

In March of 2011, Myers suddenly appeared again. After seeing the results of Rossi’s hard work, and the numerous articles written about Gretchen and the success of her make-up line, Ron Ann Myers demanded that Rossi and Smiley offer her a substantial position in the company or a settlement; otherwise, Meyers threatened Rossi and Smiley with public embarrassment via the media and press.

Since Ms. Rossi and Mr. Smiley have nothing to hide, and certainly did not embark on an elaborate scheme to defraud Myers, they will defend all allegations, and will do so in an aggressive manner to protect the good name of the company Ms. Rossi has built. Rossi and Smiley have always conducted business in a fair and legal manner, and they are more than prepared to fight these false claims and seek any and all damages and expenses incurred in doing so from Ms. Myers.”

Gretchen/her attorney adds, “We find it sad that people are willing to do almost anything in an attempt to profit off the hard work of others.”

TELL US – THOUGHTS ON GRETCHEN’S RESPONSE? DO YOU BELIEVE HER SIDE?


More legal drama for Real Housewives of Orange County star Gretchen Rossi as she is now being sued by her former business partner & make-up artist RonAnn Meyers.

The DBKP blog reports both Gretchen and boyfriend/rumored fiance Slade Smiley are being sued by RonAnn to the tune of over $100,000 in damages. The reason? RonAnn is accusing the twosome of defrauding her and cutting her out of the Gretchen Christine Beaute makeup line.

In the 37-page lawsuit filed on April 13, 2011, RonAnn accuses Gretchen, 33, and Slade, 42, of ‘breach of oral contract’, ‘fraud/deceit’, ‘fraudulent conspiracy’ amongst other wrong doings.

RonAnn, who appeared on season five of the OC Housewives as Gretchen’s makeup artist and business partner, reveals she had been both Gretchen’s friend and personal makeup artist for seven years.

According to RonAnn, she came up with the idea of starting a makeup line in February 2009 and Gretchen “expressed an immediate interest” in becoming her business partner. Both ladies agreed to a partnership that was a 50/50 deal in ownership, control, and profits.

If you recall, it came out last year that Gretchen Christine Beaute was simply the resale of wholesale makeup ordered from Lady Burd, a private label manufacturer. RonAnn also claims she was the one who had a long established relationship with Lady Burd.

Ultimately, RonAnn alleges Gretchen and Slade cut her out of the loop, and negotiated a deal with Lady Burd Cosmetic’s New York office. Gretchen and Slade also allegedly omitted RonAnn’s name from certain business filings and financial documents. RonAnn states in the lawsuit that she and Gretchen each deposited $5,000 into a joint business account but at a later date, Gretchen cleared out the remaining $2100 in the account without informing her.

We reported back in March of 2010 about the drama involving Gretchen Christine Beaute after it was first discovered the makeup was simply relabeled wholesale makeup from Lady Burd, and that Slade’s name was on the company’s paypal account being used for website sales. Not only was Gretchen reselling wholesale make-up but she neglected to change the names of the shades, using the same exact photos and names for her eyeshadow collection.

And on tonight’s all new episode of the OC Housewives titled “Riches to Rags,” Vicki visits Tamra at her new house to gossip about the rumors surrounding the Bellino’s possible home foreclosure. Gretchen is upset that all the men in her life are fat, both the dogs and Slade. Vicki and Donn try to spend some quality time together by going to the spa, but things get uncomfortable when the conversation turns awkward at dinner.

The episode airs at 10/9c. A preview clip is below.

Watch What Happens Live – The guests tonight will be Tamra Barney and beau Eddie Judge.

TELL US – THOUGHTS ON THE LAWSUIT AGAINST GRETCHEN & TONIGHT’S NEW EPISODE?

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Despite numerous attempts to stall and delay, Gretchen Rossi ran out of options last week and had to fork over a check to her sleazebag ex Jay Photoglou.

According to RadarOnline, the Real Housewives of Orange County star finally handed over a check in the amount of $22,375.05 to Jay, after she lost a judgment to him and then skipped a court date for a debtor’s examination.

No word yet on whether or not Jay will actually see any of that money as Gretchen and her attorney alleged Jay owed the IRS over $30,000, which might explain why he has spent the last year and a half trying to capitalize on his past relationship with Gretchen.

Despite the fact that Gretchen made her payment, the drama didn’t end there, as Jay’s attorney Orlando Castano posted the following message on this twitter account:

So today I made Gretchen Rossi fork over $22,375.05 to my client. She had 2 law firms & 12 attys filing motions and still got beat Twice I’ve kicked their arses.”

Gretchen’s boyfriend Slade Smiley saw this and of course decided to reply, posting the following:

“Your funny man. Do you really believe your own BS? You arent getting paid, Jay isnt getting paid. We chose to pay the state.”

Shall we post the documents from ur brief where u tried 2 mislead the judge. Our docs where valid not urs. We decided the day.”

The new article by RadarOnline, however clearly shows a picture of Gretchen’s check, paid out to Jay’s attorney. I’m guessing once Jay’s attorney gets his share, the  small remainder of the money will go to the state, that is if the story about Jay owing the IRS over $30,000 is true.

Still pending is Gretchen’s new defamation lawsuit against Jay.

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Just one day after receiving a bench warrant for not showing up to court, Gretchen Rossi has filed a defamation lawsuit against her ex-boyfriend Jay Photoglou.

Gretchen, star of the Real Housewives of Orange County, was scheduled to appear in Court last week in regards to the $18,000 a Judge awarded Jay last year regarding his claims that Gretchen defamed him during her attempt to get a restraining order against him. Interestingly enough, Gretchen made time to attend the launching of her milkshake at Millions of Milkshakes, just days before skipping out on her court date. What can we say? The girl has her priorities in order.

The hearing Gretchen skipped out on was to determine how much money she makes and how many assets she has. The Judge in that case however gave Gretchen a week to get her act together or else the bench warrant will be changed to an arrest warrant.

Someone needs to tell Gretchen its not defamation if everything the guy came out saying turned out to be true. Despite being a total scumbag, Jay’s tales about being in a relationship with Gretchen while she was still engaged to Jeff Beitzel have turned out to be accurate. There have been numerous photos leaked of the two, likely by Jay himself, that show them kissing and even shows Gretchen with a ring finger tattoo of Jay’s name.

With that being said, Gretchen likely doesn’t have a cast against Jay. Yes he’s a douchebag for trashing her in the press, but that doesn’t constitute defamation.

TELL US – DO YOU THINK GRETCHEN HAS A CASE AGAINST JAY PHOTOGLOU?

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The certified douchebag and alleged stalker known as Jay Photoglou refuses to go away once again. The latest is he is now suing his proclaimed ex, Gretchen Rossi for libel and slander and five other counts.

According to RadarOnline, this all stems from Gretchen denying ever being romantically involved with him, as she was depicted as the fiancé of Jeff Beitzel during the last season of the Real Housewives of Orange County.

In the lawsuit, Jay claims he and Gretchen began dating in 2008 and Gretchen told him that she was only a caregiver to the then terminally ill “ex-boyfriend friend, Jeff Beitzel.” Jay goes on to claim that over the next year, he and Gretchen were “a couple” and “vacationed together, went to marriage workshops together, attended each other’s family vacations and had each other’s names tattooed on their fingers.”

The lawsuit further claims that Gretchen was “intimately involved with Photoglou the entire time the show filmed Rossi’s first season.”
Jeff died of Cancer in September, 2008. Jay says he and Gretchen tattooed each other’s names on their fingers the following month and that he eventually moved into Rossi’s house.

Jay charges Gretchen with damaging his reputation by calling him a liar, a drunk and a thief and is demanding punitive damages in the lawsuit. The lawsuit charges Gretchen with spreading lies in published interviews, in emails to private individuals and members of the media. Other damaging lies allegedly spread by Gretchen, according to the court documents, include allegations that Jay threatened her life, stalked her, stole from her and acted irrationally. According to Jay, these acts damaged his personal and business reputation, he claims and he will seek punitive damages from Gretchen.

You can see photos of Gretchen and Jay here.

Jay states in the court docs: “In reality, Rossi denied the truth and embarked in what is nothing short of an obsessive and delusional crusade to destroy.” This is funny coming from a man who for whatever reason became obsessed with the world knowing he was seeing Gretchen. The same man who has emailed practically all major websites, blogs and news organizations, begging them to let him tell his “story,” and supplying/leaking out multiple nude and raunchy photos of a woman he alleges to be his ex girlfriend, even allegedly threatening to leak a sex tape of her.

Dear Jay, you are slimy, sleazy, greasy and obsessed. We all get it, Gretchen lied and continues to lie about her involvement with you. We’ve all seen the photos you leaked, yes you two were involved. Really we GET IT. You are now free to move on with your life, perhaps get a job, you know one that doesn’t involve you being a famewhore. Seriously, you are giving Jon Gosselin a run for his money during his famewhore hay-day, you know before the TLC injunction. Move on with your life, you have proven your point. Judging from the way you completely attempted to destroy the life and well being of someone you claim to be your ex fiance, I’m certain many women would love to give you a try.

In other Pot Calling the Kettle Black news, everybody’s favorite housewife – Tamra Barney had this little tidbit to say in her blog this weekend – “I swear Gretchen cant get enough of me. What the heck is this girl’s problem? It’s like she can’t go one episode without trying to knock me down.”

It doesn’t end there as Tamra then claims Gretchen only bought the bike to one up her -  “We all know the ONLY reason she bought that bike was to UP me. She is so calculating in all her scenes, it is like she studied the prior season just to see how she can get a rise out of the rest of us. Little does she know we all laugh at her. All the ladies BUT Alexis are on to her BS.”

Very funny coming from a 42 year old mother of four who spent the entire last season bad mouthing Gretchen every chance she got. Who even went as far as to try to get Gretchen “naked wasted” in hopes Gretchen would embarrass herself (which she did) and perhaps spill some sordid secrets. Who then decided to befriend a middle aged strange male aka Jay Photoglou, who called her in the middle of the night, in hopes of getting some dirt about Gretchen. And of course even texted this man during last year’s reunion to continue to try to get dirt on a woman she barely knew.

Vicky was never a big fan of Gretchen either, but she never made it a point to try to get her naked wasted and I highly doubt Vicky would have ever entertained the likes of Jay. Sighs, just when I was starting to like you Tamra, you show just how extremely delusional you are. There’s a reason majority of fans dislike you. You seriously don’t know when to stop. Most people actually do believe Gretchen lied about a lot of things, but they continue to hate you because of your bizarre obsession with wanting to “out” her. Without even knowing it, your obsessive behavior towards the girl only ended up making her out to be more of a “victim,” which she definitely isn’t.

My take on the whole Gretchen issue - At the end of the day, I don’t dislike Gretchen. Is she my favorite housewife? No. Is she a liar? Yes. Is she a complete and total idiot for trusting Jay and taking nude photos for him? Yes, but at the end of the day, I still somewhat like her and can see why she is still a fan favorite despite her many many lies. My take on the whole Gretchen and Jeff issue has always been no one knows what goes in a relationship between two consenting adults. Some people have open relationships, and others give their partners permission to date others etc. Might it be immoral and unacceptable to you? Sure, but it does happen. I’m not saying this was the situation between Gretchen and Jeff’s relationship as I have no knowledge of that, but I wouldn’t be surprised if it was.

With that being said, no one, not Tamra, had a right to try to judge and make it her life mission to reveal Gretchen’s lies because I’m pretty certain all the housewives on the show have told lies deliberately or lied by omission. I mean Tamra recently admitted to making lots of phone calls to her ex boyfriend, something Simon claimed was part of his reason for filing for divorce. Well interestingly enough, Tamra never revealed this little tidbit during filming. I mean Tamra Barney calling her ex excessively (Over 200 phone calls according to Simon) while on the brink of divorce would have surely made an excellent storyline. And I’m shocked and appalled that Tamra, someone who prides herself on honesty, and is so quick to call others out, would choose not to share this with Bravo cameras. Does this make Tamra a liar? a hypocrite? Perhaps but the point is all of these housewives have certain things they choose to share with us, and certain things they choose to hold dear.

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