The custody battle between Bethenny Frankel and her ex-husband, Jason Hoppy, is continuing to play out in court. On Monday, March 25, the Real Housewives of New York City star, 48, star faced off with Hoppy, 48, again over custody of their 8-year-old daughter, Bryn, and Frankel claimed that Hoppy uses FaceTime calls with Bryn to continue to harass her — and she broke down in tears after the court played a recording of one particular FaceTime call that shed light on the type of harassment that she’s had to endure.
“I have a video that happened in May 9, 2015, and it was Mother’s Day weekend and Bryn’s birthday weekend. The circumstances were I was trying to FaceTime Bryn and I have experienced every day, Jason using it as a tool to harass me and assault me. It was Bryn’s birthday celebration,” Frankel said as she started to cry.
In the video call, Frankel could be heard asking Hoppy if she could speak to Bryn. “No,” Hoppy could be heard saying in the clip. “Keep recording me, keep recording me, you lost your privilege when you began recording me.”
“Jason would use FaceTime calls to taunt me, abuse me. Just basic torture and taunting every day,” Frankel testified. “‘Is everything okay Bethenny? You seem upset Bethenny. Did you have a bad day Bethenny?'”
Frankel also revealed a photo of Bryn, who was 4 years old at the time, FaceTiming with her dad while he appeared to be either shirtless or nude. The reality star said that type of behavior was “typical” of Hoppy. Frankel also claimed that Hoppy’s behavior has had a “dramatic” effect on her relationship with their daughter.
“Until something stops you don’t realize how traumatic and damaging it is,” Frankel said, crying. “When that person is arrested, you’re sleeping better, you’re’ not stressed. You’re physically more, [psychologically] healthy. You’re not a wreck all the time. It’s like you can have a slightly normal life and you’re more connected with Bryn because you’re not in a panic about what will happen with the emails.”
Frankel is trying to change her custody arrangement with Hoppy because she previously claimed it is “no longer viable.” Currently, the exes have joint custody but Frankel wants sole custody of Bryn with more physical time, and ultimate decision making while giving Hoppy full access.
Radar Online was the first to report details of Frankel and Hoppy’s court hearing.
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