Looks like the Real Housewives Of Orange County star is being taken to court for breach of contract, fraud, deceit and conspiracy. Those are pretty nefarious sounding allegations for a housewife, we have to say!
She and her also-reality-star boyfriend Slade Smiley (how does that name not prove evil villainy?!) had this lawsuit filed in Orange County Superior Court by Ronann Myers. Ronann used to be Gretchen's make-up artist, friend and business partner, until things went awry!
Here's what Myers is claiming:
[I]n February 2009 he and Gretchen decided to form a make-up company together with the agreement that the profits would be split 50/50. She claims that both invested $15k in the venture and filed documents to form their company.
Ronann never signed a partnership agreement with Rossi, insisting though that the two had an oral agreement. Ronann says that he tried to have the partnership agreement signed, but claims Smiley put the kabosh on that.
And here's what the lawsuit actually states:
"From February 2009 onward, Rossi and Smiley engaged in an elaborate scheme to defraud Plaintiff out of her interest in the make-up Line.
"Rossi and Smiley conspired to exploit Plaintiff's experience in, knowledge of and contacts within the make-up industry to create, design, launch and promote ‘Gretchen Christine Beaute.’ Once Rossi and Smiley obtained what they needed from Plaintiff, they planned to ‘cut her off without a dime.’ Their plan was premeditated."
Oh snap! Could Gretchen and Smiley really have the guts and will to pull something like that off?
Other than money, what would Myers have to gain from this otherwise? That makes us think there might be at least SOME validity to it. We'll have to keep a close eye on the court showdown to really find out, though! (Which we will!)
Myers is seeking $100k in damages, attorneys’ fees, and compensatory damages, and claims that Rossi removed $2183.00 out of a joint business account without permission, while depositing some profits into a paypal account that Myers didn't even have access to.
What a messy mess! We just hope the truth comes out, and that justice is served! Ha!
Do U think Gretchen could have done this??
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