Fans know that RHOBH newbie, Diana Jenkins, was recently accused of launching a vicious online bot attack on Garcelle’s 14-year-old son, Jax Nilon. The teen was hammered relentlessly with racist messages, which prompted both Garcelle and her RHOBH co-stars, Lisa Rinna and Erika Jayne to release statements denouncing the brutal cyberbullying.
Diana denied the allegation via a statement posted on Instagram.
She wrote—“I have been accused of instigating the hateful and inexcusable cyber bullying of Garcelle’s son. Nothing could be further from the truth. I have stood for human rights my whole life. There is no place for hate in this world. To those people who have been attacking my family and threatening our lives, you are also spreading hate and creating fear. Please stop.”
I can’t believe I even have to clarify this, but I did not hire bots to attack Jax,” Rinna wrote on her Instagram Story. “Please stop with the accusations and threats.”
“I did not hire bots to attack Jax,” Erika echoed on her own Story.
Bravo addressed the issue, via a statement, which was reposted by the entire cast.
“We are shocked and appalled at the social comments directed at Garcelle’s son. We urge our viewers and social media followers to refrain from targeting our cast and their families with harmful rhetoric.”
Late Saturday night, Rinna took to her IG Stories to float a theory that a RHOBH producer may have instigated the attack. The reality star hypothesized that the goal was to deflect attention from a soon-to-be aired racially charged incident that played out during the cast trip to Aspen. The upcoming Colorado drama, which has been teased for months, reportedly involves cast “friend,” Kathy Hilton.
Rinna said—“Don’t you find it interesting that the shit that’s going down online. Right now. Like it’s not evening happening on the show, it’s happening online. Don’t you find it interesting that it’s happening right before the Aspen stuff is gonna happen? Cause it’s gonna happen. But I find it so interesting, yeah. Is it a coinkidink that the producer of our show now was the producer of Vanderpump Rules, when all that shit went down over there, online, in the press, and such. I don’t know, I have a little detective inside of me that goes [off], when bullshit’s happening, and it’s being placed on people, and me. I go wait a second. Why? Why is that happening? So I’m just putting two, three, four, and five, together, and I’m going, ‘Oh. Very interesting.’”
Watch Rinna’s video clip below!
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Rinna connected the dots between the vacation drama to a producer who was on the Vanderpump Rules scene when Bravo fired VPR cast members, Stassi Schroeder, Kristen Doute, Max Boyens, and Brett Caprioni, over racist behaviors.
However, Rinna previously pointed to two other women as she worked behind the scenes to crack the case.
The Daily Beast posted a set of IG messages Rinna swapped with content creator, @FaceReality16, before she released her video. The account suggested that perhaps controversial marketing manager, Patrick Somers, was to blame for the bot scandal. Rinna agreed, adding that Kathy Hilton or even her Bravo nemesis, Lisa Vanderpump, could be behind the cyber drama “to try and take us down before Aspen airs.”
In June, Lisa and Kathy were accused of teaming up with Somers to smear the other in the press.
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Avigail is an Entertainment blogger at All About The Tea, who specializes in The Real Housewives of Atlanta and The Real Housewives of Potomac. Avigail has a background in marketing. She’s a Brooklynite living in the Bahamas, with a passion for travel, writing, reality TV watching, pop culture and spoken word.