Just days after her boyfriend Dennis Shields died of an overdose, The Real Housewives of New York City star faced off with her ex-husband in a Manhattan court to hash out the details of their custody fight over their daughter, Bryn Hoppy.
According to an insider, Frankel filed documents in December 2017 asking for a trial to gain primary custody as well as full decision-making rights for Bryn. The judge granted her wish and a trial was date set for March 2019.
With the legal win, the insider claimed Hoppy turned bitter and lashed out at Frankel, accusing her of being a bad mom.
"She filed back in December to ask for a trial to gain primary custody, as well as full decision making for Bryn. Jason went to court today totally fine with how the custody agreement already stood. He walked in there like 'Bethenny is a great mom, everything is fine, there is no problem, let’s just leave the agreement as it is.'”
“When Bethenny filed back in December, there was enough information for a forensic expert to be called in,” the insider told Radar.
“That was the next step. Now the forensic custody expert and the judge awarded Bethenny exactly what she asked for today — which was another trial to happen in March,” the source explained to Radar.
“The minute that the judge gave Bethenny what she wanted today, that’s when Jason started to go off. The judge said this in court — 'you were fine with this a few minutes ago and now you're throwing grenades.' He didn't bring up anything...no Dennis, no drugs, no nothing when he walked into the courtroom.”
Hoppy’s displeasure at the trial date ruling was evident, but the source said justice was on Frankel’s side.
“They felt that there was enough information that warranted her to be able to get a trial to have a case for custody. It was a win for her in that she got what she asked for today. So, do you think a judge, if he had any thoughts that maybe she wasn't a fit mom, he was going to give her a trial?"
Hoppy’s attorney had brought Dennis Shields’ overdose into the picture.
“Dennis Shields, died as a result of a drug overdose. It’s been reported that he was addicted to Oxycodone,” Robert Wallack told Radar. “Considering Mr. Shields' addiction, we have real, legitimate concerns that Ms. Frankel was allowing him to be around Bryn, and to take care of her. This doesn’t just constitute a lapse in judgment, this was downright dangerous parenting.”
The source close to Frankel dismissed Hoppy’s criticism of her and her parenting.
"If there was any problem at the beginning of the hearing today, why didn't the lawyers bring any of this up at the beginning? Why was it brought up in the end?"
The insider told Radar that Frankel was reluctant to marry Shields before his tragic death even though she was sporting a large diamond ring on her right hand during court.
“There's a reason Bethenny didn't accept his proposal right away, she knew. She's not a drug addict nor is she an unfit mother.
"Think about the engagement story that Dennis proposed to her and that there were things or hurdles to overcome before she would agree to marry him.
“She's smart, she's not stupid. She knows what the environment was or the issues going on, that she knew it wasn't the right time to take that next step and take that relationship to the next level.”
Hoppy’s allegations were slammed by the insider.
“She's clearly of sane mind to know what atmosphere her and her child should be in. So, for anyone to accuse her or remind her of those allegations is unfair,” the source told Radar.
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