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Bethenny Frankel's New Man

College Claim Was Bogus

I Was Vindicated

1/3/2014 10:16 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

The guy Bethenny Frankel is dating is outraged that media outlets are sniffing around, accusing him of having committed a crime, TMZ has learned.

34-year-old Michael Cerussi III tells us, reporters have been asking him about a lawsuit he filed in 2001 against a woman who had accused him of committing a crime against  her while he was at Union College in New York. Michael sued her and the school for defamation, insisting the girl's claims were false ... and the school had no right to expel him.

Michael tells TMZ, "Claims were made to the school, which were false and unfounded and ultimately withdrawn."

We're told the alleged victim never filed a police report, and no charges were ever filed.


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Ladies - call a cop or it didn't happen.

293 days ago


He's a rapist

293 days ago


ER visit> rape counselor> rape kit. Too many women cry rape nowdays and that is almost the only way to prove it in a court of law for a lot of women in partying cir***stances. I'm not saying it didn't happen but without that there isn't a defense lawyer in America who couldn't prove it didn't happen ... even if it did.

293 days ago


Was a fan now I just want her to go away!

293 days ago


I don't blame him. I would be pizzed off also. Its a non issue and the media needs to leave the man alone.

293 days ago

_][ Character_Assassin ][_    

I'm no fan of rapists or chomo's but if you're going to accuse someone of either of the above you better make sure it happened. Otherwise, "you" deserve to be shot, stabbed, or receive an ass kicking of your lifetime for making a false statement like that. That charge never goes away no matter if you were proven innocent. It's always on your arrest report.

293 days ago

Ron Fing Swanson    

Who are these people?

293 days ago


Shes desperate!

293 days ago


Hmm, smells fishy.

293 days ago


Okay, I seriously loathe and pitty people that claim something happened as serious as rape then withdraw their accusation. Those false accusations make the real accusations not important and, worse, not believable allowing REAL sex assault predators free to roam only to assault again. Oh yay!

293 days ago

Mumra the Ever Living    

When you have enough money, those pesky rape charges always seem to just disappear into the mist.

293 days ago

Mumra the Ever Living    

Hey, isn't Bethany Frankel in her mid 60's? She sure does look it, all tired, haggard, and drawn out.
ANyway, what would a senior citizen like Frankel doing with this rapey rape boy toy?

293 days ago


All evidence would appear this man is innocent, as just explained by TMZ - yet, here is the story, on TMZ. Why would you post this?? Just to be a big CU#T??? Yep.

293 days ago


A RAPIST and an ADULTERESS DRUNK BITCH.....they so deserve each other...

293 days ago

Clyde T.M. Nestra    

Good for him. He did what he should have done. Rape is a serious crime and every drunken skank who has sex she regrets should get her butt kicked if she falsely accuses someone of rape. Especially if it resulted in the school's attempting or actually expelling him. And no police report filed on top of it!

293 days ago
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