Paul Nassif Walks Away by NMD
Just over a year ago, Adrienne Maloof filed for divorce against Paul Nassif. This event was replayed months later on the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, where a distraught Adrienne showed up to Lisa Vanderpump’s vow renewal party, cried on her castmates shoulders, and slipped out the back door. Paul has rebounded by focusing on work, working out (he’s slimmed down) and his children. At least according to his public image (ie twitter) he’s moved on.
It’s hard to forget the rumors of abuse that swirled around as the couple went through what was probably the most acrimonious divorce we’ve seen to date on real housewives. Adrienne Maloof – despite having billions of her own, strong support of her family, and training in martial arts – alleged abuse against her fun-loving husband. The claims were bolstered by Chef Bernie – her employee/confidante who somehow obtained pictures of Adrienne sporting bruises on her back, and posted them on his facebook.
Paul Nassif sued chef Bernie – in June they were in court arguing technicalities. Bernie’s lawyer argued that there was some sort of employment contract that precluded Paul from suing. Paul’s lawyers argued that Paul never signed any contract, nor was the suit resulting in anything to do with Bernie’s employment. Bernie’s threats (he was claiming he had more evidence of abuse) and libel extended well past the period of employment. In June, it looked like a judge was going to rule in Paul’s favor and allow the suit to move forward. See link.
According to TMZ, Paul dropped the charges against Bernie a few days ago. He hasn’t made any statements as to why, fueling speculation that he has something to hide. I personally doubt that. My guess is he wants to be done. Perhaps he managed to get Bernie to sign some soft of agreement to leave him alone, because as far as I can tell Bernie is now (thankfully) silent. I doubt anyone cares what Bernie has to say – not about Paul, Lisa Vanderpump, or Kyle Richards – all victims of his venom. The only thing I am curious about is why Bernie is so attached to Adrienne Maloof and her children. It’s – in a word – creepy.
One final tidbit that came out the dropped lawsuit is that the oldest child of Adrienne and Paul is developmentally disabled – enough so that Paul argued that he attend a school that specialized in kids with serious disabilities, while Adrienne wanted to keep him in a traditional school with special programs. Gavin’s disability was not revealed on the show, making this viewer wonder if that was part of Adrienne’s secret that formed the storyline for much of season three. All of the Nassif kids were shown on the first season of the show – but absent seasons two and three. The child’s disability is neither here nor there – but the couple trying to hide it is just another example of how reality TV is just a false reality that these people want to portray.
The unraveling of Adrienne Maloof was probably the most interesting thing on Beverly Hills last year – and I wish we could have seen more of it. Anyone who thinks they can hide their secrets AND go on reality TV is a fool.
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