EXCLUSIVE: Gretchen Rossi's Boyfriend Slade Smiley Listed As Deadbeat Dad

Feb. 12 2010, Published 9:32 a.m. ET

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Real Housewives of Orange County siren Gretchen Rossi is back on the defensive, this time on behalf of her boyfriend Slade Smiley who was listed on a deadbeat dad website for failing to pay child support.

Slade's Child Support Documents

More Court Paper's On Slade's Financial State

The website says Slade owes $84,963. Rossi defended him on her website saying that the amount of child support he has to pay each month is "extremely large" and based on an income he made four years ago. "His income is no where near what it used to be," she said. She also mentioned that Slade's son Grayson has had more the $3 million in medical procedures since he is battling brain cancer- payments Rossi alleges Slade is making. "He chose the medical bills."

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As Rossi stated, Slade has appealed to lower the amount of his child support so he does not show a deficiency. exclusively obtained those papers which highlight Smiley's dire financial situation.

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Slade revealed that as of May 2008, his income was reduced to zero and he owes $104,000 to the IRS. He says his TV series gig, which began in June 2008, paid him a measly $172 a week. He has since been forced to close his bank account and has not received any income in over a year.  He lost his car in April 2009 after his family had to stop lending him money and is currently living with Rossi as he looks for work.

"I have been left indigent and financially destitute," he said in the papers. Other papers reveal that Slade's son spends 1% of his time with Slade and 99% of his time with his mother.


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