Vicki Gunvalson has had her share of bad breakups – and her boyfriend Steve Lodge is no exception. RadarOnline.com can exclusively reveal The Real Housewives of Orange County star filed for divorce from his now-ex-wife after he discovered the affair.
In court papers obtained from Superior Court of California in Orange County, Lodge filed for divorce from his wife Tonya Compton on March 13, 2013 after nearly three years of marriage, citing irreconcilable differences.
On November 20, 2013, Lodge requested motion to bifurcate marital status, which means splitting marital status from all other divorce issues from spousal support to property division. In the filing, he accused her of having an affair.
“Petitioner and I were married on September 22, 2009,” Lodge wrote in the filing. “By June of 2012, Tonya was engaged in an extra-marital affair with a married man. I discovered the affair in August 2012 and we separated from the marriage the first week of September 2012.”
He continued that Compton is “currently living with her married boyfriend.”
As Radar reported, Lodge’s divorce to Compton was nasty.
Although he requested the court “immediately dissolve this marriage,” Compton accused him of “trying to drag out this litigation as long as possible.”
“I have made numerous attempts to amicably settle our divorce since January 2013, over two months before the date Steven filed for divorce,” she alleged. “He has refused all offers presented and has refused to negotiate. He has continued to deliberately delay any type of settlement by his failure to provide even the minimum documentation requested.”
The two reached a settlement agreement and the marriage was terminated on May 15, 2014.
As Radar reported in 2016, Compton’s boyfriend Michael Thomas hit Lodge with a restraining order on September 28, 2012.
“Mr. Lodge appeared at a hotel I was staying and checked in at the same hotel,” Thomas said of the Sept. 12, 2012 incident. “He called my room from the lobby twice and attempted to identify my room number. Mr. Lodge assaulted me, including but not limited to punching me in the face multiple times.”
Thomas suffered a black eye, bruising and other facial injuries, the documents claimed.
He also alleged that Lodge “strapped a gun on his body” before their meeting. He allegedly told Compton he would “kill Mr. Thomas if he could get away with it.”
“Mr. Lodge is a volatile individual who has assaulted me,” he claimed. “He has also stalked me on multiple occasions. I am worried that he may retaliate, stalk or assault me in between the hearing and the time I can get him served.”
The temporary restraining order was granted.
But in Lodge’s response, he alleged Thomas was the one who confronted him.
“As we sat down, Thomas said, ‘Our deal is off, I’m just a sucker for Damsel’s in distress,'” he explained in the documents. “I asked him what he was talking about because he had just a couple hours earlier agreed to stop having the illicit extra-marital affair with my wife. He now said he wasn’t going to stop pursuing her.”
Thomas allegedly “stepped closer in a threatening manner” when Lodge tried to leave. He then claimed Thomas told him, “I bet you want to hit me right now.” He then called him a “p***y.”
“I turned to walk away and Thomas reached out with his left hand and grabbed my right upper arm,” he claimed. “Fearing for my safety and recognizing this as an aggressive prelude to physical combat, I immediately defended myself by knocking his hand off me and striking Thomas with my closed fists until I believed him to no longer be a physical threat to me.”
On Nov. 16, 2012 the action was dismissed without prejudice and the court ordered the temporary restraining order to be dissolved.
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