Bethenny Frankel’s divorce from Jason Hoppy has just taken a dramatic turn.
For the last couple of years since their split, the former Real Housewives of New York City couple has been at odds over their renovated Tribeca home. Although Bethenny Frankel and Hoppy lived together for a brief few months after they broke up, Frankel ultimately moved out and Hoppy remained in the home. Still, she’s hoping to one day regain ownership of the place and live there with her and Hoppy’s daughter, Bryn.
Unfortunately, that may never happen because of documents allegedly signed years ago after their home purchase was made. The documents in question would apparently allow Hoppy to remain in the home, and upon learning of the documents, Bethenny Frankel has filed new documents, claiming she was “duped” into signing them.
On May 15, Radar Online reported on the recently-filed court documents.
“[Bethenny Frankel] claims that she executed the trust agreement without understanding it. Specifically, she claims that when she signed, she believed, based on her communication with her husband, that the trust ‘was only to maintain privacy given her public recognition and that [the husband] would only be managing the property for her benefit.’ She never read the trust agreement before signing it, and does not recall ever being shown any part of it except for the signature page.”
Bethenny Frankel also claims that neither she nor Hoppy visited the office of the alleged attorney who reportedly witnessed their signatures being made on the trust agreements. In addition, Hoppy’s mom, who is a notary listed on their signing documents, is not registered in New York, and neither party signed documents in her home state of Pennsylvania, where she is licensed.
Bethenny Frankel even claimed the signature on the documents may not have been hers.
In November of 2011, just over one year before Bethenny Frankel filed for divorce, Hoppy was named as the sole successor trustee of the trust, reportedly to ensure Frankel’s privacy. However, now that they are no longer together, that means he can remain in the home.
Further, Bethenny Frankel claims Hoppy “duped her into executing the trust agreement, in order to make the apartment joint property under the prenuptial, [and] alleges that the apartment was purchased with her separate property, and seeks an award of the apartment to her on that basis.”
On May 4, a judge ruled that “Contrary to [Hoppy’s] argument, the trust agreement is a matrimonial agreement, since it was made between spouses and purports to govern property ownership as between them.”
“The deed must be reformed in order to reflect the proper identity of the purchase, since the trust never existed, and cannot therefore have taken title to the apartment.”
As the Inquisitr previously reported, Bethenny Frankel has reportedly moved on from her marriage Hoppy with a businessman in New York City named Michael Toppel. According to a Page Six report earlier this week, Bethenny Frankel and her rumored new beau have been on a number of dates, most recently at Bar Pitti in Greenwich Village.
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