Jay Photoglou sues Gretchen Rossi for libel and slander: does he have a case?

Gretchen Rossi star of reality show Housewives of Orange County at the House of Hype party at Sundance

UPDATE: Gretchen sued him right back, and Nov. 2012 she won her case, and was awarded $500,000. More details here.

Jay Photoglou is seeking punitive damages against Gretchen Rossi over what he calls slanderous comments, RadarOnline reports. He alleges that Gretchen cost him his business standing because she lied about their relationship (claiming they were always just friends while Jay says they were involved in a romantic relationship while she was engaged to millionaire Jeff Beitzel on camera for Bravo.) He also claims she lied about him when she claimed he stalked, threatened, and stole from her.

On camera this season (Season 5) Gretchen has mostly made up with Real Housewives rival Tamra Barney. These girls may have stopped openly warring (so far), but Photoglou’s battle has just begun.

Gretchen is currently dating Real Housewives veteran Slade Smiley. She’s also started a website that’s anti-plastic surgery (as in anti-Heidi Montag, a little botox is a-okay!) and is launched a make-up line called “Gretchen Christine Beaute” (pronounced beau-TAY).

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