'Real Housewives Of New York' Star Heather Thomson Claims She Was 'Assaulted' While Filming Season 13

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Apr. 30 2021, Published 3:37 p.m. ET

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Heather Thomson claims she was "assaulted" while filming scenes for the upcoming season of The Real Housewives of New York.

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The apple-holding alum – who was a polarizing cast member of the Bravo franchise from Season 5 to Season 7 – returned to the small screen to film scenes with current stars Leah McSweeney, Ramona Singer, Luann de Lesseps, Sonja Morgan and newcomer Eboni K. Williams.

But it doesn't sound like she will "holla" back anytime soon.

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Sonja Morgan, Leah McSweeney, Ramona Singer, Eboni K. Williams and Luann de Lesseps

"I get assaulted this season," Thomson, 51, recently alleged on the Friends of Dorothy podcast while dishing on what fans can expect to see. "The show has changed a lot, breaking the fourth wall."

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While the entrepreneur did not specify who allegedly attacked her, she did insinuate that it was more than one person.

"People were interested in putting me down, dragging me down and showing me who is the queen bee," she said. "I just don't have time for that stuff. It's the new girl who was intimidated and wanted to show who's the queen bee."

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Following the release of the Season 13 trailer – which documented snippets of a blowout between Thomson and last season's newbie, 38-year-old McSweeney, at Singer's Hamptons home – an insider told Us Weekly that Thomas refused to film after that fight.

"Heather could see Leah was acting up for the cameras and using behavior she considered demeaning and exploitative and frankly, crossed a line," the source said. "Heather wanted no part of Leah so after she left that weekend Heather had no interest in continuing the season at all and stopped filming."

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However, the rest of the cast didn't seem to mind, as Page Six reported the remaining ladies were thrilled to see Thomson go.

"Heather was kind of like a Debbie Downer," the insider said. "And plus, no one trusted her because of everything she talked about in the press after she left the show."

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"Basically, she thought she was going to just jump right in and be part of the group, but she'd just been, like, dragging the show and using the show to get press for herself," the source added. "There's a line you don't cross. It's just kind of desperate."

The feud between Thomson and McSweeney seemed to continue off camera.

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"I don't like women who slut shame other women," Leah wrote at the time in a since-deleted Instagram post. "Act morally superior to other women. Plastic surgery shame other women. Gossip about other women doing drugs when you know damn well they've done drugs also. And lastly I don't like when white women call black women 'articulate.' Especially while acting like the queen of wokeness."

As fans of the series know, Thomson has spoken poorly of several of her former co-stars since leaving the show. She made damning claims about de Lesseps in an episode of her In My Heart podcast, then ridiculed Morgan over a recent face lift, telling Andy Cohen on Watch What Happens Live that she liked Sonja's "old face" better.



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