Bethenny Frankel’s ex-husband Jason Hoppy is accused of “exploiting” the death of her ex-boyfriend Dennis Shields.
“There was a tragedy which I think you’re trying to exploit to embarrass Ms. Frankel,” Katz scolded Hoppy while denying the request for drug testing.
Hoppy’s lawyer, Robert Wallack, argued that Shields’ death wasn’t the only reason for requesting Bethenny undergo drug testing. Wallack also brought up a recent Instagram video where the RHONY appeared “intoxicated and slurring her speech.”
Bethenny also “appeared on TV passed out from mixing alcohol with Ambien,” Wallack told the judge, referring to the May 30 episode of RHONY “Holidazed and Confused.”
“If this is what she’s putting out in public, we don’t know what she’s doing in private,” Wallack said.
Meanwhile, Frankel’s attorney insisted his client doesn’t have a substance abuse issue.
“She’s on television, she’s entertaining. It’s her livelihood to say, ‘I’m out with friends having a good time,’” Mayefsky said.
In the end, Judge Katz criticized the timing of Hoppy’s drug testing demand while approving Bethenny’s request for a custody trial. Said custody trial is set for March 2019.