Bethenny Frankel’s Lawyer Alleges She Was Subject to ‘Bullying and Torment on an Almost Daily Basis’ by Ex Jason Hoppy
Bethenny Frankel’s ex-husband Jason Hoppy has been arrested for allegedly stalking and harassing the former Real Housewives of New York star.
Hoppy, 46, was arrested on Friday after Frankel claims he threatened her after showing up at their 6-year-old daughter Bryn’s school.
An NYPD spokesperson tells PEOPLE: “The complainant said Hoppy had sent numerous emails and FaceTime calls numbering in the hundreds after a cease and desist letter was sent on Nov. 22, 2016.”
“On Friday, Jan. 27, approached and a friend at her child’s school at around 8:15 a.m. and tried to provoke a fight,” said the spokesperson.
According to the spokesperson, “He said, ‘I will destroy you, you can get all the lawyers you want, you’ve been warned.’ “
Hours later, as Page Six first reported, Hoppy was arrested and charged with harassment in the first degree and stalking in the fourth degree.
Hoppy denies the charges, and his attorney Robert C. Gottlieb tells PEOPLE of the incident: “There are no words to express how saddened Mr. Hoppy is over his ex-wife’s unjustified actions. His only concern is his daughter and intends to vigorously fight these false charges.”
Frankel’s attorney Barry Zone issued a statement to PEOPLE: “Ms. Frankel’s decision to report Mr. Hoppy’s abusive behavior followed years of systematic bullying, harassment, stalking and torment on an almost daily basis.”
The statement alleges that “Mr. Hoppy has sent hundreds of escalating texts and emails to Ms. Frankel, her assistants and her boyfriend, demanding that she meet with Mr. Hoppy unnecessarily, stating that ‘I’ll never go away’ and that ‘ou left me no choice but to go to extremes,’ claiming that her ‘definition of harassment is comical’ and that he will ‘continue to communicate with as see fit,’ requesting copies of her life insurance policy, and telling her that ‘I’ll pray for you.’ ”
According to the statement from Zone, “These acts of mental and psychological abuse are domestic violence, pure and simple. No woman, celebrity or not, deserves to have their allegations of such abuse taken lightly, and we are grateful to the NYPD for their immediate action to protect Ms. Frankel.” (According to legal documents, there is no evidence of physical abuse.)
Following Hoppy’s arrest, PEOPLE confirmed that a judge issued an order of protection against him at his arraignment.
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The 46-year-old Bravo star has been open about her struggles throughout the lengthy and contentious divorce proceedings that followed, previously telling PEOPLE that it’s “gone on way too long.”
“I feel like I’m on the 18th hole of the golf round now. I feel like we’re here,” Frankel said in April. “I feel like I survived something. When it all shakes down, I’ll be a woman who has not kind of just felt backed into a corner. I stayed strong and I did what was best for myself, my daughter, for women.”
In November, Frankel’s legal team sent a cease and desist letter to Hoppy, accusing him of harassing emails and alleged emotional abuse.
Frankel and Hoppy announced their split in December 2012 after three years of marriage, and their divorce was finalized in July 2016.