Reality TV star Bethenny Frankel kicked off her custody battle against ex-husband Jason Hoppy on Monday by accusing him of being a hothead who manhandled their daughter, denigrated Frankel, abused her dog — and doesn’t flush the toilet.
“[He was] physically pulling the child away from Ms. Frankel, leaving negative articles out about Ms. Frankel, [and] doesn’t flush the toilet,” Frankel’s attorney Allan Mayefsky said in his opening statements in Manhattan Civil Court.
“[He] locked up Cookie (Frankel’s late dog), in a storage closet and wouldn’t reveal her whereabouts for hours.”
The “Real Housewives of New York City” star — who came to court wearing in a belted black dress — is seeking sole custody of their 8-year-old daughter, Bryn.
The feuding exes, who split in 2012 and finally divorced four years later, avoided eye contact as their lawyers faced off in the courtroom.
Mayefsky declared that Hoppy is “not a person Ms. Frankel can co-parent with,” saying he mocked her newfound Jewish faith, claimed her relationships “won’t last” and once told her: “Ugh, that’s what 43 years old looks likes, you’re a sad and miserable woman, you look desperate.”
Hoppy’s lawyer painted a very different picture of their situation — claiming the duo are doing a great job co-parenting and accusing Frankel of making the custody battle about their relationship issues.
“The idea the relationship between the parties is so broken is not true,” his attorney Robert Wallack told the court.
“Bethany seems intent about making this trial about her, Jason, and their issues … Bryn is happy, healthy, smart and well-adjusted, is [a] good student and has lots of friends.”
He noted the Skinnygirl mogul had Hoppy arrested for stalking in January 2017, but there was no claim at the time that their joint custody of Bryn wasn’t working out.
Then in October, when he accepted a plea deal known as an adjournment in contemplation of dismissal — meaning the charges would be dropped — her attorney contacted Hoppy three days later on Oct. 26 seeking sole custody.
“If that timing isn’t suspicious, I don’t know what is,” Wallack said.
On Oct. 30, 2017, Frankel announced that Cookie had died at age 17.