Entrepreneur and former reality star Bethenny Frankel is in the midst of a nasty custody battle with estranged husband Jason Hoppy over their daughter.
Frankel is seeking primary custody of 4-year-old Bryn, while Hoppy is wanting joint custody. Both appeared in a New York City courtroom yesterday and the public split took a turn for the worse as Frankel revealed alleged threats that Hoppy made after she filed for divorce.
During her testimony, the 43-year-old told the court before becoming overwhelmed with tears:
“He said, ‘I’m going to destroy you. I’m going to have you and your publicist crying and crumbling in a corner. Now you’re going to see what I was like on the basketball court.’ He said, ‘You don’t know what it’s like to have a family, you’ll never have a family. Let’s go baby.'”
Frankel also alleged that Hoppy’s attitude and demeanor changed drastically after she filed for divorce:
“He would take bad press about me and put it on the counter. [Hoppy] would pee and poop and leave it in the toilet… He would say things [to Bryn] like, ‘Mommy should be the witch. She’s a great witch. You’ll be the princess and I’ll be the prince.'”
Hoppy’s attorney argued that, “Bethenny Frankel’s priority is Bethenny Frankel. In pursuit of career success, she has used the child as a prop.”
Sadly, this battle will be a drawn out one according to Hoppy’s attorney. “What happened in court speaks for itself. It’s the first mile of a marathon,” he told People.
Frankel and Hoppy are expected back in court on June 11.