Shannon Beador has responded to ex-husband David Beador’s legal motion to restrict her from consuming alcohol around their children.
On Dec 14, the Real Housewives of Orange County star’s estranged husband of 17 years requested an order to prevent her from consuming alcohol around their three teenage daughters: Sophie, 16; and twins Adeline & Stella, 14.
If granted by the OC Superior Court judge, the 54-year-old reality star would be prohibited from drinking eight hours before or during her time with her the couple’s kids, according to The Blast.
The Real Housewives of Orange County star, 54, filed a response to David’s request for order, on Dec. 19.
According to court records — Shannon claims David’s latest request has “no legitimate reason” and “designed to attract media attention and assert control.”
“I am informed and believe — based on his communication with me (and sometimes his refusal to communicate) — that the Respondent is deeply angry with me and was looking to hurt and embarrass me,” she wrote.
David Beador used footage from the RHOC’s season 13 reunion to substantiate his claims. During the episode Shannon’s costars expressed concerns that they had about her drinking.
“I don’t think she has a problem with alcohol,” Housewife Tamra Judge told host Andy Cohen on the episode, when asked. “I think she self-medicated herself many times and it’s a depressant.”
“Oh absolutely,” Shannon said. “And I admit it.”
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That appeared to be enough for David. “The mother had publicly stated on television within the last month, she ‘self-medicates’ with alcohol. That behavior is detrimental to the children,” he argued in the papers, according to The Blast.
“I requested Mrs. Beador agree to not drinking or being drunk in front of the children and the request was denied and in fact disputed that she even stated she ‘self-medicates’ even though the television clip of her stating it is currently on the Bravo (NBCU) website and was included and quoted on several media articles,” he wrote, the outlet reported.
But Shannon refutes David’s accusations, in her court response.
“The term to which Respondent refers (and mis-characterizes), ‘self-medicate,’ was used during a frank conversation about the breakdown of our marriage and the issues precipitating it; the conversation was filmed for the television show of which I have been a cast member for five years. At no time did I use the term ‘self-medicating’ or say that I was abusing alcohol,” she said.
“Respondent is basing his request on a moment of a TV show that has been edited for entertainment purposes,” she continued. “In real life, I have admitted to making a handful of poor choices in the last year-and-a-half, but I have taken responsibility for my mistakes and discussed them with our children, their therapist, and my therapist. The same cannot be said about the Respondent’s accountability.”
A hearing date is scheduled for Jan. 23, 2019.