At one point during the hearing Frankel asked the judge, “Can you direct Jason to stop glaring at me please?”
She testified about enduring her “increasingly abusive and hostile” ex-husband, Jason Hoppy, who allegedly once threatened, “I’m going to ruin your life.”
The Real Housewives of New York City star took the witness stand to detail Hoppy’s behavior in the former couple’s acrimonious custody battle over their 8-year-old daughter, Bryn.
“‘If you leave me, you are dead to me. I want nothing to do with you,'” the 48-year-old mom said Hoppy once told her. “He said, ‘This is war, I’m going to destroy you, I’m going to ruin your life.'”
Frankel began sobbing and hyperventilating as she recalled the “outward mayhem” in the Hudson Street apartment she still shared with Hoppy after she filed for divorce.
Frankel claimed that Hoppy would vengefully keep rotting food in the fridge, let dishes pile up in the sink, would not flush the toilets, would sing, whistle and slam the doors all the time.
No matter how much she “begged, pleaded, asked Jason to please leave. He refused.”
After that living situation ended, things only got worse, however.
Frankel explained that he would call Bryn twice a day, as specified in their initial custody agreement, and use that opportunity to turn the child against her mother.
In court, Frankel played no less than nine such calls in which Jason would tell the daughter things like: “I don’t know why mommy won’t let me talk with you. You’ll be with daddy soon.”
When Bryn was with her dad, Frankel would barely be able to see or even hear from her.
Furthermore, Hoppy’s verbal abuse continued: “If I would be giving [Bryn] a big hug, he’d say I was desperate and pathetic. He’d say I looked ugly and old. He’d laugh and whistle.”