As The Blast first reported, Jim Bellino says he was contacted by Rossi and her fiancé, Slade Smiley, who say they are willing to testify on his behalf in his defamation lawsuit against Judge and fellow “RHOC” star Shannon Beador.
According to court documents obtained by The Blast, Judge does not want Rossi and Smiley to testify in the case.
The reality star argues that Bellino’s request to depose Rossi and Smiley should not be granted, saying Bellino’s motion is based on “foundationless, conclusory hearsay” he thinks Rossi can give him.
She says Gretchen has no role in the case and her testimony would prove nothing. Judge says even if you assume everything Gretchen has to say as true, it has no weight in the case at hand.
According to Bellino, Smiley said that he and Rossi are willing to testify and present evidence “that the Defendants have a pattern of making up stories to create notoriety for themselves in the media.” Smiley told Bellino that he and Rossi would “provide testimony regarding the anger, hostility and ill-will that Defendants harbor with respect to Bellino.”
He claims Tamra Judge has been targeting him for years, saying in 2011 she fabricated claims he was a “faux Christian” and was a cocaine dealer.
A judge has yet to rule.