According to court documents obtained by Radar, lawyers representing Bravo, producers, Conover, and LeCroy are asking a South Carolina judge to press pause on the case brought by Dennis’ ex, Joseph Abruzzo.
Back in January 2020, Abruzzo filed a civil lawsuit over comments made on the Bravo show. Abruzzo is currently the Clerk of the Circuit Court & Comptroller for Palm Beach County. Previously, he served as a member of the Florida House of Representatives from 2016 to 2018.
Abruzzo also dated Dennis for a brief period of time. He met the reality star in “the fall of 2018 at a Miami Dolphins game, shortly before filming for Southern Charm season 6” began.
The relationship ended in early 2019 after a handful of dates. Abruzzo says despite their short fling, the romance was a key plot point on the season. The politician accused the defendants of defaming in through various statements about his personal and professional life.
He accused Bravo and producers of creating a fake storyline surrounding their breakup.
“The Corporate Defendants would later falsely claim that Dennis ended the relationship with Plaintiff Abruzzo as a result of the concern expressed by other cast members about Plaintiff Abruzzo as depicted on the Southern Charm show. This claim is false. This false claim was designed and intended to defame, disparage, and/or portray Plaintiff Abruzzo as an unsafe, corrupt, abusive and/or otherwise unsavory individual,” the complaint read.
Abruzzo also had problems with comments Conover made about him during a conversation with Meissner. He said, “Well, he’s a disgraced politician in Florida” and “He’s not running for re-election because of his divorce. His wife is accusing him of being physically abusive.”
He claims these statements are false. In another scene, the LeCroy and Meissner talked about a nude photo that allegedly leaked online of Abruzzo.
“Oh. His penis looks like a Ken Doll. Like, it’s just a bulge,” LeCroy said.
Meissner replied, “Look at that, it’s like a ‘mangina.'”. To make matters worse, he claims the producers pushed a release form in front of him that he didn’t have time to sign.
He is furious over the way they portrayed him on the show and believes he’s owed $10 million.
In response, the producers asked the court to dismiss the case or move it to arbitration. They said Abruzzo signed a release before appearing on the show which said all disputes had to be heard in private court.
The judge denied their motion and ordered the case to move forward. Last month, Conover and LeCroy asked the court to stay the entire case until the appeal is heard. A decision has yet to be reached and the case is still ongoing.