Tamra Judge is pulling out all of the stops in her case against Jim Bellino. The Real Housewives of Orange County star is locked in a $1 million defamation lawsuit with Bellino, who claims she called him a “drug dealer” on a podcast. In the latest development, Judge attempted to stop Bellino from using testimony from Gretchen Rossi and Slade Smiley, calling them “irrelevant” to the case.
Bellino wants Rossi and Smiley to testify against Judge and confirm she has a history of making things up. Judge and her team of lawyers, however, say that Rossi and Smiley’s testimony is irrelevant to the charges that she acted maliciously towards Bellino.
— Bravotv (@Bravotv) September 21, 2018
According to Radar Online, Judge made the comments during a podcast with Heather McDonald and Shannon Beador. Judge told her friends that Bellino was facing jail time because he was a “shady motherf**ker.”
McDonald and Beador also made negative remarks about Bellino, though only Beador was included in the charges.
While Bellino is looking to nab $1 million in the suit, Judge claims she did nothing wrong. In fact, the RHOC star says that her comments about Bellino on the podcast were spot on and that he is a shady person.
Her lawyers are also arguing that Bellino is a public figure because he appeared on an episode of RHOC, which gives Judge a right to express her opinions about him.
A judge has not ruled on allowing Rossi and Smiley to testify on Bellino’s behalf. Smiley, however, recently revealed that he and Rossi are not interested in testifying against Judge.
— Us Weekly (@usweekly) September 27, 2018
That said, he also believes that Judge is going to face public shame because of how she has treated people in the past. There is no telling how the case will end up, but it looks like things are far from over.
Judge has not commented on the rumors surrounding her lawsuit with Bellino.