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Bethenny Frankel, Jason Hoppy Dirty Tricks Now Off-Limits

9/19/2013 4:55 PM PDT

Bethenny Frankel and soon-to-be ex-hubby Jason Hoppy can't pull a Watergate on each other anymore, because a judge has now prohibited them from secretly recording each other ... and for good reason.

Sources connected to the former couple tell TMZ ... since their separation, Jason has secretly recorded Bethenny on both video and audio.  What's more ... we're told he also recorded their nanny and the Skinny Girl staff, working out of Bethenny's home-office.  And, we're told Jason has gotten into the emails of Bethenny and her staff.

Our sources say the recordings don't go both ways -- Bethenny has never recorded Jason.

TMZ has learned ... the judge has ordered both Jason and Bethenny NOT use tape recorders, cell phones or computers to record each other.  They're also prohibited from recording the nanny.  And they're prohibited from intercepting emails.

We've learned the judge ordered Bethenny and Jason to ante up any video or audio recordings by October 15.  That should be interesting.

Anyone miss Nixon?

Andy Cohen Alleged Fiancé is Straight But If He Wasn't ...

9/18/2013 4:55 PM PDT

'Real Housewives'
creator Andy Cohen wants to make it absolutely clear -- he is NOT engaged to ex-hockey star Sean Avery, and he's just a really good friend.

A really good friend ... with whom he takes lots of shirtless pics, and would love to bang.

Adrienne Maloof Fastest & Richest Rebound Ever

9/12/2013 12:02 AM PDT

'Real Housewives' star Adrienne Maloof goes through men faster than chili fries -- because right after we saw her spat with one much younger bf, she found herself a brand new ... much younger bf!

Cougars gotta eat.

'Real Housewives' Star Lawyers Up After Massive Brawl On Set

9/7/2013 3:40 PM PDT

"Real Housewives of Atlanta" star Brandon DeShezar says he was beat to a pulp by the vicious hands of co-star Apollo Nida this week, and he's lawyering up for a big lawsuit.

DeShazer had a stiff upper lip as he tooled through LAX last night and talked to our photog.

As we previously reported ... witnesses say Apollo attacked DeShazer because he felt like BDS and Kenya Moore had screwed his wife Phaedra Parks over on some workout video deal.

What's motivating him to kick butt in court is not his lawyer ... its an unlikely relative. Check out the video.

'Real Housewives' Star Attacked In Massive Brawl

9/6/2013 9:49 AM PDT

Huge brawl on "Real Housewives of Atlanta" ... sources tell TMZ.

"Real Housewives of Atlanta" cast member Brandon DeShazer -- Kenya Moore's assistant -- was seriously roughed up last night by Phaedra Parks' husband Apollo Nida ... all over beef stemming from some dumb workout video, a witness tells TMZ.

According to witnesses, Apollo flew into a rage and "violently attacked" Brandon at a party that was being filmed for the upcoming season ... and it was all caught on tape.

The witnesses say Apollo -- who once served 5 years in prison for racketeering -- had to be restrained by 7 male crew members before finally retreating.

We're told Apollo was pissed because Brandon and Kenya had allegedly agreed to produce a workout video starring Phaedra, but instead produced their own, cutting Phaedra out.  We're told Apollo felt slighted, and blamed Brandon for stabbing Phaedra in the back.

Apollo has a different story, telling TMZ, there was a fight on the set, he tried to break it up and got attacked by Brandon. Apollo says at that point he defended himself and everything got out of control.


Calls to Bravo weren't returned.

Teresa & Joe Giudice Clash with Cops Over Five Whole Bucks

8/27/2013 12:40 AM PDT

Five stinkin' dollars ... that's what started a massive argument this weekend between several police officers and "Real Housewives" stars Teresa and Joe Giudice -- all because the couple didn't want to pay a tiny beach entrance fee, sources tell TMZ.

Here's the back story -- the Giudices were kickin' it on Ship Bottom beach on Long Beach Island, NJ Saturday afternoon (with roughly 30 friends and family members) when they were approached by a teen girl beach worker.

Sources on the scene tell us, the employee asked to see the Giudices' "beach badges" -- basically $5 admission tickets required to chill in the sand -- and the family flipped, refusing to "pay to go to the beach."

We're told one family member even yelled at the girl, saying, "F*** you, f*** this we are not paying for the f***ing beach. This is a joke!" Remember: 5 dollars per person.

We're told the girl started crying, and when beach PD responded ... the Giudices continued to kick up a stink, but eventually coughed up chump change.

Of course, Teresa and Joe are facing massive money fraud charges, but still -- 2 TV stars oughta cough up 5 dollars without a fight.

Adrienne Maloof Toughing Out Single Life In 14,000 Sq. Ft Pad

8/24/2013 12:30 AM PDT

Adrienne Maloof is surviving divorce in a big way -- 5 months after hers she's dropped $12.75 million on a GINORMOUS 14,000-square-foot mansion in Beverly Hills ... TMZ has learned.

Adrienne's been renting a 10,000-square-foot casa ever since breaking things off with Paul Nassif -- but apparently that wasn't nearly enough house for her.

Instead, our real estate sources say Adrienne swooped up a bigger, better place last month in the same swanky gated BH community ... which means Charlie Sheen's still her neighbor.

Money can't buy everything -- but it did get Adrienne 14,025 square feet, 6 bedrooms, 8 bathrooms, a pool and epic views from her balcony.

Gloria Gaynor would be proud.

Adrienne Maloof Paul Nassif Throws In The Towel

8/21/2013 2:34 PM PDT

Adrienne Maloof just won a solid victory against her ex-hubby Paul Nassif ... after he essentially folded in family court.

Sources tell TMZ ... Adrienne and Paul were fighting bitterly over where their 11-year-old son Gavin should attend school.  Adrienne wanted the boy, who has some learning and attention issues, to continue in regular school where he would get special attention.  Paul wanted to send Gavin to a school which specialized in kids with serious disabilities.

We've learned today in court ... Paul DROPPED his claim and Gavin will continue in the school he's in ... which is what Adrienne wanted.  Paul also dropped his request that she pay his attorney's fees.

And this is interesting ... we're told Paul also dropped his lawsuit against the former couple's chef, Bernie Guzman, who had plastered photos of a bruised Adrienne on his Facebook page, claiming Paul inflicted the injuries.  Paul sued Bernie for making the claims, but today dropped the case.

Bethenny Frankel Skin & Bones & Boobs

8/14/2013 10:25 AM PDT

Bethenny Frankel knows ... when you're as tiny as she is, it's always safer to go swimming in the ocean when you're equipped with the proper flotation devices.

Safety first.

Bev Hills Housewives Secret New Castmember Revealed at LAX

8/2/2013 12:40 AM PDT

The rumors have been swirling for months ... but TMZ finally has the video proof that former 2-time Miss Puerto Rico winner Joyce Giraud has joined the "Real Housewives of Beverly Hills."

Giraud -- along with Lisa & Ken Vanderpump, Kyle & Kim Richards, Brandi Glanville and Yolanda Foster were all at LAX this week ... waiting to board a flight to Puerto Rico.

Giraud tried to lay low ... in what appeared to be an effort to go unrecognized ... but our photog was quick to notice the beauty queen.

As for the other woman rumored to be joining the cast -- '90s actress Carlton Gebbia -- she wasn't at the airport, but sources tell TMZ she will appear on the show this season in a small role.

Taylor Armstrong was also M.I.A. at the airport -- we're told she's been spending a lot of time with her BF in Vail, CO -- but "Housewives" sources tell us she's also expected to make a small appearance on the show during the upcoming season.

'RHONJ' Star Danielle Staub Handles Bankruptcy Way Better Than Indicted Co-Star

7/31/2013 12:45 AM PDT

While Teresa Giudice faces time behind bars for alleged bankruptcy fraud ... another 'Real Housewife' is making sure she doesn't suffer a similar fate ... by coughing up $35,000.

"Real Housewives of New Jersey" star Danielle Staub filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy back in June 2012, claiming she was knee deep in debt ... approx. $500,000 to $1,000,000.

As part of the bankruptcy process Danielle had to disclose all her assets ... that way when creditors came to clean her out they'd know how much loot is available.

FYI -- this is the part where some people get in trouble because they try to hide cash and valuables ... hoping Uncle Sam and creditors won't notice.

According to legal docs, filed last month, Danielle was accused of doing just that. Rather than keep up the charade, DS agreed to fork over $35k to her creditors to help settle her debts ... and avoid any nasty consequences.

If she didn't settle ... Danielle might be in a similar boat to co-stars Teresa and Joe Giudice -- who are being federally indicted on 39 counts of fraud (including hiding assets during bankruptcy). They face 30 years in prison.

Good choice, Danielle.

Teresa Giudice Laughing In the Face of Prison

7/30/2013 2:00 PM PDT
"Real Housewives of New Jersey" star Teresa Giudice doesn't look fazed by the possibility of a massive looming prison sentence -- in fact, she was all smiles with her daughter on Tuesday ... and she looked damn good too.

As we reported, Giudice and her husband Joe each face up to 30 years in the big house for bank fraud, tax evasion, and more -- after officials say the couple defrauded the IRS and multiple banks from 2001-2008.

The couple surrendered to authorities just hours ago, and have each been released on $500,000 bond. They're due back in court August 14.

Happy summer!!!

Teresa Giudice SURRENDER Released On $500k Bond Each

7/30/2013 9:30 AM PDT
Breaking News

Teresa and Joe Giudice are each free on $500k bond ... after surrendering to federal authorities in their fraud case.

As part of the terms of their bail, both Teresa and Joe had to surrender their passports and are restricted to New York and New Jersey.

Joe, who is not a U.S. citizen, is subject to drug testing. Teresa will not have to subject herself to drug testing.

The "Real Housewives of New Jersey" couple is scheduled to be arraigned in federal court in New Jersey on August 14.

As we previously reported, both Joe and Teresa are facing 30 years in prison after being hit with 39 counts of fraud.

Teresa's attorney has previously stated that she will plead not guilty to the charges.
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