Jason Hoppy appeared in Manhattan Criminal Court for his trial on Wednesday to face five counts of stalking charges, but it will be adjourned until next month.
The ex husband of Real Housewives of New York’s Bethenny Frankel arrived to court but was told his big trial date will be adjourned until next month as the Assistant District Attorney was not ready for proceedings today, according to US Weekly. He will now be on for trial October 23.
Back in March, Hoppy was offered a deal that would have resulted in two of the three charges against him being dropped if he pleaded guilty to a harassment violation and attended an anger management class.
His lawyer Alex Spiro rejected the deal however, sending the case to trial.
Jason Hoppy stands with his attorney Alex Spiro in Manhattan Cirminal Court on Wednesay
Jason Hoppy arrived in court Wednesday, but his trial on stalking charges will be adjourned
Bethenny Frankel filed stalking charges against her ex in January, now it could be close to a year before he sees a trial date
Frankel, 46, filed a police report on January 17 alleging that Hoppy, 45, rushed her and her boyfriend at the time, Dennis Shields, outside the school her daughter Bryn attends and threatened to ‘destroy’ her.
He was previously charged with aggravated harassment in the second degree and stalking in the fourth degree for contacting the ‘female victim numerous times via email and facetime’ as well as approaching her and ‘making verbal threats.’
Those two charges are both misdemeanors, and Hoppy is also facing a violation charges for harassment in the second degree.
Frankel was granted a six-month restraining order one day after Hoppy’s arrest, which prohibits her ex-husband from speaking with her or an unnamed third party involved in the incident, who is likely Shields.
Hoppy was arrested at his Manhattan apartment on January 27, 10 days after Frankel reported the alleged incident, which involved a good deal of yelling, according to the police report.
‘There’s nothing you can do to stop me. You’ll be sorry. You’ve been warned. I can’t help it,’ Hoppy told Frankel, according to her complaint.
He then told Shields that the Real Housewives of New York star was ‘pure evil’ before adding: ‘You’ve been warned. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.’
Prior to that, Hoppy had sent over 150 emails in less than three months according to Frankel, this after calling his ex-wife’s complaints about his alleged harassing behavior ‘comical’.
The complaint states that Hoppy also wrote to Frankel in one email: ‘I’ll never go away.’
In a statement to DailyMail.com at the time, Frankel’s lawyer Barry Zone of Moses & Singer said that the charges against Hoppy came after his client endured a great deal of ‘abuse’ from her ex.
‘Ms. Frankel’s decision to report Mr. Hoppy’s abusive behavior followed years of systematic bullying, harassment, stalking and torment on an almost daily basis,’ said Zone.
‘Indeed, Mr. Hoppy has sent hundreds of escalating texts and emails to Ms. Frankel, her assistants and her boyfriend, demanding that she meet with Mr. Hoppy unnecessarily, stating that ‘I’ll never go away’ and that ‘[y]ou left me no choice but to go to extremes’, claiming that her ‘definition of harassment is comical’ and that he will ‘continue to communicate with [her] as [he] see[s] fit’, requesting copies of her life insurance policy, and telling her that ‘I’ll pray for you.’
He went on to state: ‘These acts of mental and psychological abuse are domestic violence, pure and simple. No woman, celebrity or not, deserves to have their allegations of such abuse taken lightly, and we are grateful to the NYPD for their immediate action to protect Ms. Frankel.’
Gottlieb commented by stating: ‘There are no words to express how saddened Mr. Hoppy is over his ex-wife’s unjustified actions. His only concern is his daughter and intends to vigorously fight these false charges.’
He also noted: ‘We look forward to having all the evidence and the truth exposed in a courtroom.’
Shields sent a cease and desist letter last year from his attorney threatening to take legal action if Hoppy did not stop harassing the Bravo star.
The letter claimed that Hoppy had sent 49 emails in just 70 days, in which he frequently attacked Frankel over her looks, age and fame.
The incident is just the latest bit of real life drama between the pair, who wed in March of 2010 and then split two years later.
Frankel, who was very pregnant with her first child when she said ‘I do,’ gave birth to the couple’s daughter Brynn shortly after the nuptials in May of that year.
Toss it out: Hoppy’s lawyer tried unsuccessfully to have the charges against his client dismissed in June
Their wedding and the lead-up to the ceremony even became its own reality series that aired on Bravo, ‘Bethenny Getting Married.’
At the time the show had the highest rating for a series premiere in Bravo history, so the couple got another show that was called ‘Bethenny Ever After.’
That ran for two seasons and ended just as the couple’s relationship began to fall apart, leading to their split in December of 2012 and Frankel filing for divorce the following month.
The time between that filing and her actual divorce was close to four years however, and much longer than the actual marriage between the two.
Frankel got her divorce though in July of last year.
The custody battle between the two was also a lengthy fight, lasting close to two years and not being settled until June of 2014.
As part of the custody agreement, the couple’s daughter Bryn cannot appear on her mother’s reality show.
Out of focus: As part of the custody agreement between Hoppy and Frankel, the couple’s daughter Bryn cannot appear on her mother’s reality show