Real Housewives of Orange County viewers have been chattering about reality secrets leaked — major tea spilled as the cast waved goodbye to Ireland.
Kelly revealed that Vicki had told her that David Beador “beat the sh*t out of his wife,” and the on-camera disclosure was a shocker. However, Shannon’s husband’s violent history is no secret.
Consider the following ten facts about David’s past, and Shannon’s possibly precarious reality.
1. In February 2003, Newport Beach Police Department responded to a call from the Beador home — two years into their marriage.
2. David Beador was arrested by Newport Beach police and charged with misdemeanor counts of assault and “battery against a cohabitant.”
3. David pleaded GUILTY to both charges. David was forced to admit in court that he “willfully and unlawfully used force and violence” against his wife.
4. David completed three years of informal probation, 10 days in a work program, and a voluntary batterer’s treatment program, under the terms of his plea deal.
5. In 2014, Shannon told Star Magazine of the incident, “There was no abuse, no physical anything. We had an argument that was resolved very quickly afterward. I just thought that if I called the police, the fight would end. We’ve moved on; it’s over and done.”
6. Prosecutors don’t pursue cases that they can’t prove with solid evidence. Shannon’s story simply does not match the outcome.
7. Shannon allegedly told Vicki Gunvalson about being beaten by David, during their past close friendship. Shannon trusted Vicki with David’s affair secret, so it’s fair to assume that other marriage confidences were shared.
8. The specific purported incident that Vicki shared with Kelly remains unclear. The report of the 2003 episode had long been made public — and was no secret. Shannon’s shock and anger at the disclosure might point to a possible separate incident. Reportedly, Shannon shared incriminating photos after the episode, and Vicki has not yet chosen to expose them.
9. Shannon reacted to Kelly’s blurt with anger and hurt — but her first reaction was not to label the accusation a lie. Shannon instantly reacted by tearfully blasting Kelly and Vicki — telling them to “shut up” before stuttering out a string of comments about her renewed family. Only one “he did not” was offered as a rather weak denial, until Shannon later reiterated her position in a personal interview spot.
10. Shannon continues to deny any abusive episode, but will not address the authorities pursuing a conviction, and how David’s admission to “battery against a cohabitant” equates to “nothing physical.”
In the same 2014 interview Shannon said of her new reality project, “We had a sit-down with the family, and I said, ‘If we do this, we’re going to go all in — no censorship — because if you tell me you can’t talk about something, I’m not going to do it. I hope viewers realize that I’m completely honest and authentic.”
Shannon has been busy lashing out at her critics on her Facebook page, calling fans who question her defense, “morons,” and reasserting that David “never physically touched” her.
Shannon nods to the reunion as the time and place for clarity — do you think we can expect the “honest and authentic” truth?
The Real Housewives of Orange County airs Monday nights on Bravo.