Bethenny Frankel files restraining order against ‘Real Housewives’ ex Jason Hoppy

Hoppy hid from the paparazzi after news of his arrest broke

Former “Real Housewives of New York” husband is getting in deeper legal hot water after last week’s arrest for stalking his ex, Bethenny Frankel, outside their daughter’s school.

And now, the RHONY star and business mogul has filed a restraining order against Jason Hoppy, charging “escalating” abuse and “systematic bullying.” According to TMZ, the Manhattan District Attorney’s office granted Frankel an order of protection against Hoppy on Tuesday, which prohibits him from contacting her or going to her home, her place of work, or their daughter’s school for six months.

Frankel’s attorney Barry Zone issued a statement to People magazine about the restraining order:

Ms. Frankel’s decision to report Mr. Hoppy’s abusive behavior followed years of systematic bullying, harassment, stalking and torment on an almost daily basis. Mr. Hoppy has sent hundreds of escalating texts and emails to Ms. Frankel, her assistants and her boyfriend, demanding that she meet with Mr. Hoppy unnecessarily, stating that ‘I’ll never go away’ and that ‘[y]ou left me no choice but to go to extremes,’ claiming that her ‘definition of harassment is comical’ and that he will ‘continue to communicate with [her] as [he] see[s] fit,’ requesting copies of her life insurance policy, and telling her that “I’ll pray for you.”

It is unclear how Hoppy’s visitations with he and Frankel’s daughter, Bryn, will be arranged, as the two have joint custody.

Hoppy was spotted strolling near his Tribeca apartment in Manhattan Tuesday afternoon, and covered his face with his towel when paparazzi snapped away.

One thing to keep in mind about the endless drama: The next season of “Real Housewives of New York” is currently filming, which might explain why the exes seem okay with airing their dirty laundry so publicly. This will no doubt be a storyline in the new season.


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