The ex-husband of “Real Housewives of Orange County” star Alexis Bellino has slapped comedian Heather McDonald with a $1 million lawsuit over a podcast she did with Tamra Judge and Shannon Beador.
According to court documents obtained by The Blast, Jim Bellino filed suit against McDonald on Monday in Orange County.
He is accusing her of defaming him by allowing Judge and Beador to talk about his divorce from Alexis and his trampoline business and then publishing the allegedly defamatory statements on her podcast.
He is suing for damages in excess of $1 million.
Last year, Jim Bellino sued Beador and Judge, accusing them of defaming his good name by trashing his family on the podcast with McDonald.
He accused the reality stars of spreading lies that his divorce was fake and that his trampoline business had left customers paralyzed and claimed, “he’s going to jail.”
Jim sued seeking in excess of $1 million for the damage Tamra and Shannon allegedly caused his life.
The reality stars fired back, demanding the case against them be dismissed. Both denied defaming Jim and said all of their statements were rooted in truth.
The judge dismissed all claims against Beador, noting that Bellino failed to establish a probability of prevailing against Beador on the defamation and other claims, and as a result, the “complaint is stricken in its entirety against Ms. Beador. The clerk shall enter judgment for Ms. Beador.”
The Orange County judge also awarded Beador a total of $137,340.25 for legal bills in the case.
Tamra Judge, who was also a defendant in the lawsuit, has not been dismissed and the case against her is continuing on.