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O.C. 'Housewife'

$500,000 Winner in

Bitter Ex-BF Lawsuit

11/15/2012 3:25 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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"Real Housewives of Orange County" star Gretchen Rossi has scored a massive payday in her endless lawsuit against a man who claimed to be her ex BF -- who she sued for defamation -- because a jury just awarded her $500,000 ... at least.

As we reported, Rossi sued Jay Photoglou for defamation and other things back in 2010 -- claiming he trashed her in the media.

It went back-and-forth forever, but today, a jury decided in Rossi's favor -- awarding her half a mil in damages. Jay got squat.

Gretchen may still get more money too if the jury decides to award her punitive damages as well.

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 3:58 PM PT -- The jury just awarded Gretchen an additional $23,250 in punitive damages.

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Phishie from Philly    

I wonder what work she's going to get done with the 500k. Nose job, face relift, or bigger breast.
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Phishie from Philly

653 days ago
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_][ Character_Assassin ][_    

Why would they award her when it's all for publicity?

653 days ago
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JLS    

Good luck collecting any money from him, Gretchen. He has NO ASSETS worth anywhere near that lol. Stupid lawsuit.

653 days ago
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KMH2674    

Wow. Did you guys hear that? It was the sound of Slade Slimey rejoicing that his sugar mama is getting a fat check.

653 days ago
5.

DaveT    

Half a mil for some words, next thing you know they'll be giving out multi-million dollar awards for bogus sexual harassment claims.
Oh wait....

653 days ago
6.

Kelly    

Go Gretchen! Now she can buy Slade a new Jaeger-LeCoultre watch!

653 days ago
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World Record    

THAT SHOULD KEEP SLADE AROUND FOR A COUPLE MORE YEARS, HIS SUGAR MAMA ABOUT TO GET PAID

653 days ago
8.

LiLo's boy toy    

Now she can get her hair done.

653 days ago
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NOT ELMO    

This is the only HouseWife i like and the only one i would like to Nail Hard out of all of them....

653 days ago
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NOT ELMO    

$1/2 Million Dollars, That's a Nice PayDay!...

653 days ago
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Eric in L.A.    

Have fun getting the $500,000. It is up to her to try to collect it. I doubt she will ever see it.

653 days ago
12.

wendy    

but what if he doesn't pay?

653 days ago
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fstblk    

PLEASE call those 2 from Atlanta and let them know this is how it's done!!!

653 days ago
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StarryStarryNight    

if she collects, which she won't, she needs to use some of it to have her boobs done correctly...they're lopsided.

653 days ago
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Sunfleurgirl    

The truth has prevailed and justice has been served ... Gretchen your victory and payment is well deserved! You may never see the money but at least the truth of your stalker NOT EX-BF is justified! You and Slade have proven a very strong couple! Congrats! Love L&R

653 days ago
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