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http://www.ocregister.com/articles/rossi-photoglou-order-2339119-restraining-beitzel

Wednesday, March 18, 2009
'Real Housewife' Gretchen Rossi gets restraining order
Reality TV star says in court papers that O.C. man threatened her.
By RICHARD CHANG
The Orange County Register
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Gretchen Rossi, one of the stars of "The Real Housewives of Orange County," has obtained a temporary restraining order against an Orange County man who says he was her secret boyfriend.

In the restraining order request, filed March 6 at Harbor Justice Center in Newport Beach, Rossi, 31, states that Jay Photoglou has threatened to kill her and her dogs, burn down her Costa Mesa house and has stolen items from her home.

She also asserts that Photoglou, 39, has made harassing phone calls, grabbed her hair and yanked her head back, vandalized her home and car and has threatened to "dispose of" Slade Smiley, a former cast member of the Bravo reality TV series.

"He was someone I trusted and believed had my best interest at heart until he started blackmailing me and became volatile," Rossi wrote about Photoglou in her request for orders to stop harassment. "He has since been nothing but verbally and pyshically (sic) abusive to me."

Photoglou, formerly of Huntington Beach (he lost his home to foreclosure in December), had been friends with Rossi since January 2008. He claims he was her boyfriend during the taping of "Housewives" last year, when Rossi was engaged to another man, Jeff Beitzel. Photoglou denies any threats or harassment.

In her request, Rossi attached a 9-page written testimony alleging more than a dozen instances of harassment, from Photoglou yelling at her in expletive-ridden tirades to attempting to break into her house to phoning at various times with threats to kill her and her dogs.

"On March 4, 2009," she wrote, "he decided to threaten my life again by saying that 'he was going to dispose of Slade, and that he would get inside my home and wait for me to be alone, and then surprise me and strangle me in the middle of the night, then hang himself in my bedroom to prove that he lived with me.'"

Smiley, 40, Rossi's friend and occasional business adviser, was arrested last month at Rossi's house on a civil contempt warrant. He served Photoglou the restraining order, according to the parties involved.

Rossi denies she ever had a romantic relationship with Photoglou, although she has said in other interviews that the two briefly dated before her engagement to Beitzel, who was shown with her on the program and died from leukemia on Sept. 13, 2008.

Photoglou, a car salesman, insists he did have a relationship with Rossi while Beitzel was alive and afterward and Rossi is lying about it to "keep her image clean" and "protect her newfound celebrity status."

"This has never been about me being obsessed with Gretchen," he said in an interview this week. "This has been about the truth being told. Basically, I want Gretchen to tell the truth. I never threatened to kill her."

Rossi said Photoglou is a con man who constantly lies. "I just want this guy out of my life," she said. "I don't want anything to do with him. He's constantly trying to use the media to defame me, to gain monetary value for him, and to gain celebrity for himself."

Paul Hillson, a neighbor of Rossi's, said Photoglou moved into her Costa Mesa house right after Beitzel died. He said it "certainly seemed that" the two were dating, and added that he would often see them "lovey dovey, holding hands."

"For her to deny that they were living together kind of shocked me," said Hillson, 38. He also noted that it appears that Smiley is currently living there.

The restraining order requires that Photoglou stay away from Rossi and her two dogs, identified as Rocco and Vito Rossi, plus avoid contacting her through telephone, messages or e-mail. A hearing for Photoglou to respond to the order is scheduled for March 27 at 10:30 a.m.

Photoglou had a previous restraining order filed against him by an ex-girlfriend in 2002. He also has dozens of traffic violations and in 2002 faced allegations of domestic violence that were later dismissed.

Rossi is vying for the "Woman of the Year" title through the Orange County and Inland Empire chapter of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. She's also a nominee for most popular and entertaining individual in a reality TV series for Bravo's second-annual A-List Awards, occurring April 5.

Contact the writer: 714-796-6026 or [email protected]
 

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Again, there are two sides to every story. But watching Gretchen on the series, pretty much convinced me that she was full of bunk!

I am betting that Jay was dating her. I believe his story to be true to some extent. I am not a huge believer of Gretchen in all I have read. But again, your listening to two parties, two stories.

Jay has the disadvantage of not having access to as many outlets as Gretchen. And the fact is, she can hurt him by continuing to bash him. In his business, its your word. And in business, I have never heard a bad thing about Jay.

I dont know either party. I have run into Jay on occasion in Newport and boating. Other than that I can't say we have ever had a few words. Never met Gretchen. But she's a train wreck on the show! I can only imagine real life.

I hope Jay gets past this. But I understand why he is doing what he is doing.

Good luck!
 

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We met Jay and Gretchen last year at Desert Storm.
Had a couple drinks with them at the Turtle.
There is no doubt he was getting some.
 

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Is this real? Something seems really odd.
I guess....I haven't been following it all but there is a huge thread on this and more on RD's...

I don't watch the show as it is mindless but knowing Jay brings a different angle to it all.
 

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It seems like that whole report is scripted. It's filled with typical Hollywood drama and a little scandal. Maybe I need to waste time and read 50 or whatever pages at RD.
 

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Photoglou had a previous restraining order filed against him by an ex-girlfriend in 2002. He also has dozens of traffic violations and in 2002 faced allegations of domestic violence that were later dismissed.
Jeebus. And they said used car salesmen were the bad guys :)sphss
 

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Honestly? "Numerous traffick violations?"

Seems like the 2002 "problem" was resolved when the charges were dismissed. He hasn't been convicted of anything that we know of.

Jay has an excellent reputation among the boating public.

I, for one, am giving him the benefit of the doubt.
 

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Is this real? Something seems really odd.
I don't buy it. I've known him for years and he's a great guy. I'll bet there's a huge "other
side to this story".
She didn't have to produce any evidence or any basis of fact that what she claims is true.
Just fill out the paperwork, go to court, get the order.

I've never had an R.O. nor a D.V. but I have had ex GFs refuse me access to get my tools, cloths and pricey boots ect.

Things can get real ugly real fast.
Ya keep your trap shut and use the system

I'll always be a customer of Jays.
We should have all seen this coming, and I'll stick my neck out and say she probably owes Jay some $$, and that's why she bailed.
So what the hell,, piss on him too and make it even harder for Jay to collect.

Seen just too much of this.

Nothing worse than dealing with a tragically star struck, dysfunctionally arrogant woman like Gretchen. Jay reached out put his hand on that hot frying pan.
 

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I don't know the guy so not going to say anything negative. I'm just curious, so nothing in that article is true. It seems to me if it's all false he would have some legal alternatives. This can't be to good for business.
 
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