OC Housewife Gretchen Rossi Awarded $523,000 In Lawsuit Against Former Boyfriend

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By Radar Staff

Gretchen Rossi is a half-million dollars richer today, thanks to an Orange County, California Superior Court jury.

The Real Housewives of Orange County star was awarded $523,250 in her lawsuit against former boyfriend Jay Photoglou.

In a storyline that could have been right out of her Bravo reality show, Rossi sued her ex-lover in 2010, claiming defamation and assault, battery, stalking and breach of contract. A judge later threw out the defamation claim, but let the others proceed.

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At one point Photoglou countersued, claiming defamation and Rossi ended up having to pay him $40,000 for his legal fees, reports Oc Weekly.

Rossi is now dating Slade Smiley, her third boyfriend since joining the franchise in 2008.

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Smiley’s been embroiled in his own legal mess, accused of being a “deadbeat dad” by his ex-wife.

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