Actuality TV star Bethenny Frankel‘s ex-husband questioned her “parental judgment” within the wake of the suspected drug overdose demise of her boyfriend Dennis Shields — and even recommended at a custody listening to Thursday that she might have her personal substance abuse issues.
“It was reported that he died of an Oxycodone overdose. Our concern is whereas his demise could be very unhappy this raises critical issues about Ms. Frankel’s parental judgment,” mentioned Robert Wallack, lawyer for Jason Hoppy.
Hoppy and Frankel divorced in 2016 and shared parenting time with their Eight-year-old daughter Bryn. However Frankel has lately requested the choose for full custody of Bryn after Hoppy was charged with stalking his ex-wife.
Wallack instructed Manhattan Supreme Court docket Justice Michael Katz that “Dennis Shields spent quite a lot of time with Bryn and even cared for Bryn at instances when Ms. Frankel wasn’t round.”
“Contemplating Mr. Shields’ habit what does that say about Ms. Frankel’s parenting that she would permit this particular person to look after her daughter? This doesn’t simply represent a lapse in judgment this was simply downright harmful parenting,” Wallack mentioned.
In the meantime, Frankel’s eyes welled up with tears as she sat just some toes away from her ex within the courtroom.
Then Wallack referenced the “Holidazed and Confused” episode of Frankel’s Bravo present, “The Actual Housewives of New York” that aired on Could 30.
“There was a current episode by which she seemed to be intoxicated,” Wallack instructed the choose.
“She was operating round with out garments on after which she handed out and it was mentioned she handed out from mixing Ambien with alcohol. Our issues are whether or not Ms. Frankel might have some kind of substance abuse issues so we’d ask the court docket to order drug testing of Ms. Frankel to seek out out whether or not that’s a difficulty,” Wallack mentioned.
The choose was skeptical of the claims noting that Hoppy had beforehand mentioned he needed to proceed sharing custody of Bryn with Frankel.
“Now you’re throwing grenades throughout the desk,” Choose Katz mentioned.
Nonetheless, he set a listening to to find out custody for the mid-March.
Frankel, wearing black, was carrying a big diamond ring on her proper finger. It’s been reported that it might have been an engagement ring from Shields, her longtime on-again, off-again boyfriend.
Shields, 51, was discovered lifeless final week in his Trump Tower condo. Sources mentioned he misplaced consciousness after asking his assistant to manage Narcan– an emergency antidote used to reverse an opioid overdose.
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