RHOC’s John Janssen Sues Ex-Girlfriend Shannon Beador for $75K 


John Janssen is suing his ex-girlfriend, RHOC star Shannon Beador, for $75K, which she allegedly borrowed for a facelift.

PEOPLE reports that on Wednesday, March 20, John Janssen filed a lawsuit in Orange County Superior Court against Shannon Beador “for breach of oral contract and promissory fraud, among other things, to recover $75,000 he claims she failed to repay him.”

John Janssen alleges that the RHOC star “turned to him for financial support in early 2022, borrowing $40,000 via wire transfer on Jan. 23, 2022 for a facelift procedure. Then, on May 20, 2023, he gave her another $35,000 via personal check.”

In the court filing, the OC businessman claims that Shannon Beador agreed to pay back both loans with interest. However, when he attempted to collect the payments in 2023 and 2024, the reality star failed to do so.

As a result, John Janssen is “seeking the full amount, plus accrued interest, costs, and reasonable attorneys’ fees.”

The longtime Real Housewives of Orange County star responded to her ex’s lawsuit in a statement to PEOPLE on Friday.

“I am shocked and disappointed that John has a filed a lawsuit. My attorney has been in constant communication with his counsel. I agreed to pay John what he wanted because I knew that attorneys fees would surpass the amount sought, but more importantly to eliminate the negative emotional components that come with a lawsuit. It is important that I continue to focus on the positive aspects of my life and move forward,” the statement read.

“John declined the offer because he refused to sign a mutual non-disparagement agreement. I was hoping that if I met his baseless demand we could at least use this as an opportunity to bring complete closure to this chapter in my life,” the statement concluded.

According to John’s attorneys, Shannon has tried to claim that the $75k loan was a “gift” which they can prove was not the case at all.

“Ms. Beador’s defense that Mr. Janssen paid her the $75,000 as a ‘gift’ is completely meritless, which their e-mails and text messages will show,” Edson K. McClellan, Rutan & Tucker LLP tells PEOPLE. “Mr. Janssen is saddened that Ms. Beador’s unwillingness to repay the loans made it necessary to file this lawsuit.”

Shannon and John split in late 2022 after three and a half years of dating. The break-up came just days after Shannon wrapped filming for season 17 of the Real Housewives of Orange County, as John didn’t want to dump her on camera. The two initially remained friends post-breakup; however, that all changed when John began dating Real Housewives of Orange County alum Alexis Bellino in November 2023.

In December 2023, Shannon revealed to E! News that John’s relationship with Alexis was especially hurtful because of the lawsuit Alexis’ ex-husband, Jim Bellino, filed against her in 2018.

“John is very well aware of a lawsuit that I was involved in with Jim Bellino,” the 59-year-old RHOC star said“Alexis was involved in the lawsuit. I was financially and emotionally devastated for years. I won, but it devastated me financially…John’s aware of that.”

Shannon also questioned why John would start a relationship with another reality star, considering John’s claims he hates being in the public eye.

According to Shannon, John never enjoyed being “in the public eye, and [now] he’s thrust himself more into the public eye at this point. So I’m quite confused about that.”

Recently, John insisted that his relationship with Alexis is not about “fame” amid the RHOC alum’s return to the franchise for season 18. In January, it was revealed that Alexis would be filming for season 18 as a friend of The Housewives.

“I’ve been accused of wanting to be in front of the camera, but you’ll have to watch the show and see if that’s true,” he told PEOPLE earlier this month.

“You won’t really see him,” Alexis added. “We’re focused on each other and our future, not a show. And we couldn’t be happier or more in love.”

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