Former “Real Housewives of Orange County” stars Gretchen Rossi and Slade Smiley are among Sacha Baron Cohen‘s latest prank victims.“We got punked so bad by Sacha Baron Cohen,” Rossi told Page Six this week.
” Meanwhile, Smiley had enough when Cohen brought out zip ties as part of his “training.” Rossi said she had no idea they were talking to Cohen because he had a well-designed unibrow and face prosthetics.
Cohen never broke character, and his staff maintained their composure as well, she said. I was crying — I was hysterical coming home,” she said of what happened after she left. ” They tried to call the production company afterward, but “everyone went dark” and they couldn’t reach anyone.
She also alleged that he leaked nude photos of her and told lies to tabloids about her, causing her to be fired from the popular “housewife” franchise and cost her $500,000 in endorsements.
Gretchen scored a legal victory when a jury awarded her $523,000 in damages.
No word yet on if Gretchen has hired anyone else to represent her during her ongoing civil case against Photoglou.
Gretchen and Slade were both unpopular members of the “Housewives” franchise.“I wanted to make sure that they not only offered customers quality product, but that they also gave back responsibly to the community.” She also released a single called “Revelation” at a gay nightclub.Gretchen said she’d like to have a “football team of kids” one day, but she’s “old fashioned” and would like to be married before kids come into the picture.”Read More Gretchen Rossi joined the cast of the Housewives as a replacement for Season 2 housewife Tammy Knickerbocker.When Gretchen was approached to join the cast, she had no interest in the show, but her fiancé at the time (Jeff) convinced her to do it.In high school, however, she suffered from an eating disorder. “I’m active everyday whether I’m going for a walk, run, hike or bicycle ride.” She considers her greatest accomplishment as “just becoming secure in my own skin.” Gretchen Rossi studied psychology at Baylor University in Dallas and then worked as a real estate agent in the South Orange County area. Gretchen is growing her make-up and handbag line, as well as exploring forays into entertainment, including singing and dancing with the Pussycat Dolls in Las Vegas.After Gretchen’s first marriage to Chris Rossi, she got engaged to Jeff Beitzel, who was 24 years older than her. Portions of the proceeds from her handbag line go to charity.“The second we walk through the door there’s two Mossad agents holding guns to each other’s heads,” Rossi said, describing how she was immediately terrified. You would not believe the stuff they were asking us to do — the weirdest, creepiest, funniest stuff, but at the time it wasn’t funny.We literally thought they were going to kill Slade!Former “Real Housewives of Orange County” star, Gretchen Rossi has been entangled in legal disputes with her former friend and alleged stalker, Jay Photoglou for years. According to arrest records obtained by Radaronline, Photoglou phsysically assaulted Gretchen’s current fiancée, Slade Smiley.The reported attack happened on April 21st when Gretchen, 38, and Slade, 43, had finished having dinner at popular Newport Beach Eatery, A’s Restaurant.