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'Real Housewives' Slade Smiley

Attacked On Red Carpet

for Deadbeat Dad Payments

3/30/2012 8:19 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Gretchen Rossi and Slade Smiley were caught in a CRAZY scene last night when a bill collector angrily hit 'em up for more than $100K in late child support Slade allegedly owes for his son ... an 11-year old who's fighting brain cancer.

The "Real Housewives of Orange County" couple had just stepped off a red carpet in Hollywood last night when the bill collector jumped out and shouted at Slade, "Pay your child support! Your son has cancer."

As TMZ reported, Slade owes a major chunk o' cash to his ex-gf Michelle Arroyo. Their son Grayson was diagnosed with brain cancer at age 6 and has had 11 surgeries.

In the video, the collector repeatedly says Slade owes $160,000 in back child support -- but Michelle tells TMZ the total was around $130,000 ... until she agreed to reduce it to $95,000 in a recent court hearing.  

She claims Slade is currently paying her $775 per month. We called Slade's rep for comment ... but haven't heard back yet.



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He was ordered to pay a high amount when he was making lots of money. The economy tanked and so did he. He now works as Gretchen's errand boy. I'm certainly not trying to make excuses for him, but child support is based on wages and when one's wages go down, child support doesn't until you go back to court. As for his bit as a commediene, I'd tell him not to quit his day job if he had one. lol

937 days ago

Thurston Howell III    

Remember when this douchebag closed down a furniture store to shop with his Am Ex black card while his parents looked on in disgust?

A real man would scrub floors if that is what it took to support his son with brain cancer. I wonder if this poor child has any medical insurance or does the State of California pick up the tab?

What a POS this guy is.

937 days ago


If I'm not mistaken, doesn't CA have laws about non payment of child support, when it come to his drivers licence, passport, and or tax refunds?

937 days ago

CA Girl    

Aside from whatever reason Mr. Smiley gives for his inability to pay the child support (has he not gone back to court to fight the amount he owes, since the former agreement was based on his former income which no longer exists), he ALWAYS looks like he needs a shave. A really good shave. Were he to shave off his two-day-old beard (this is supposed to be "suave and stylish" for a man HIS age? I think not.), there could be a company willing to employ him. With all of the access he clearly has to the media etc., perhaps a public relations firm could offer him a job and use his already-known face to SELL SOMETHING OR SOMEBODY. Just saying. Maybe that's an idea for Mr. Smiley? Or is this really about carrying Ms. Rossi's belongings hither and thither as she desires? Some people are just - uhm, different.

937 days ago


What do you guys mean that Slade doesn't work? He is on a reality show, are you going to tell me that he doesn't get paid for that?

If the above TMZ story is indeed true, then BRAVO doesn't look good at all with this guy being on one of their craptacular Housewives shows.

937 days ago


Gretchen is just as bad as Slade Slimey for the way she defends the dirtbag. Come to think of it, Gretchen, that would be a good addition to your tacky handbag line. One called "Dirt Bag" and then you could send all the profits to Slade's kid.

937 days ago


He is paying child support apparently. The ques. is who if any of them have health insurance for son to pay for treatments. BOTH parents are responsible for that. Does she have a job? I heard he still sees him and shares custody-is this true? He is definately not father of the yr-but this is just one side of story, which frankly none of our business.

937 days ago


Gechen its trowing her life away making excuses for this loser.Slad makes around 15k per show. He has the money to take care of his kis he just doesnt wanto. More clothes and cars for himself.
Give up your car and give the money to your dying kid so his last days arent full of poverty and suffering.
IM sure gretchen well drive you any place you wont to go sense you are her lap DOG.
700 bucks amonth anit **** expesiclay when there is termianl illness.
Slad truely is slim ball!!
Hes hideing his money fromt he kid.

937 days ago


What a s***bag. It's not Gretchen's responsibility to take care of his bills, but is she stupid for being with a man that clearly doesn't handle his parental obligations... YES! Slade was showering Jo with gifts on RHOOC and now $775 a month for support doesn't seem fair especially for the OC.

937 days ago


He has enough money to have a "rep" and be on the red carpet, but can't be current in child support??? Hmmmmmmm

937 days ago


I knew he was awful from the first season of Real Housewives of Orange County. No excuse for not paying his child support. Work at McDondalds or somewhere. I feel so bad for his child and also his ex-wife. My biological father failed to pay child support and it was tremendously horrific for our family. We were so poor. Gretchen needs to get rid of this dirt bag.

937 days ago


I wonder what it cost him to set all that up?

937 days ago


Another Loser i'm guessing. I don't know all the facts but they appear he's living it up going to red carpet events when he should be with his son. I sure hope he's only doing this show for the money to help pay for his sons expenses. If that's not the case then shame on him, and i hope he can read these posts and learn from them.

937 days ago


Shame on him....Karma is a bitch!!

937 days ago


If he came to a payment arrangement and is currently making his payments, as the story says, then this bill collector has no reason to be showing up at his event. Furthermore, Gretchen is not responsible for HIS child support.

937 days ago
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