EXCLUSIVE: Real Housewives of Orange County star Gretchen Rossi – Alleged Stalker Got Me Fired from Reality Show And Cost Me Over $500k in Lost Jobs
The Dirty can exclusively reveal former Real Housewives of Orange County star Gretchen Rossi is accusing her alleged stalker of causing her to lose her spot on the reality show and is demanding the court not discharge the $523k she was awarded in his bankruptcy.
The reality star has been battling it out in court for years with a man named Jay Photoglou. Rossi became friends with him but things quickly turned south. He began claiming he was her boyfriend to the press, claimed she cheated on her then-dying fiancé, threatened her with violence and stole her personal property including nude photos.
Rossi was awarded $523,250 in damages by a jury in the suit she filed against him. Photoglou filed for bankruptcy in which he attempted to have the judgement wiped clean. The two have been battling it out with the reality star demanding the court not discharge the debt he owes her.
The case is headed to trial in federal bankruptcy court. Rossi recently filed docs arguing the harm that her former friend caused her personally and professionally. She explained in a declaration when she kept demanding he pay back thousands loaned to him … he began calling her Real Housewives cast members and producers to claim they were a couple and she believes his nonstop calling caused tension between the show, the other ladies and her.
Further, she states ultimately as a result of his interference with cast, crew and the network … her option was not renewed for season 9 and she lost all further opportunities with Bravo and NBCUniversal.
Her publicist signed a declaration explaining Photoglou cost his client numerous jobs … saying many turned down working with her due to her former friend’s claims in the press and cost her close to $500,000 a year on a variety of opportunities.