Raquel Leviss Files Restraining Order Against Scheana Shay For Assault Amid Tom Sandoval Cheating Scandal
The documents were filed on Tuesday, March 7, in the Los Angeles Superior Court, and a hearing has been scheduled for March 29th.
Raquel Leviss admitted Wednesday that she had been physically assaulted in a lengthy statement. This reveal comes amid the ongoing tension between Raquel and her VPR castmates following the discolsure she had an affair with Tom Sandoval, who was in a relationship with Ariana Madix for more than nine years.
As reported, Ariana Madix discovered the affair between Tom Sandoval and Raquel Leviss on March 1st, when she came across a video and “inappropriate” messages exchanged between the two on Sandoval’s phone during a performance by his band, Tom Sandoval & the Most Extras, in Los Angeles.
Meanwhile, Raquel made an appearance on Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen on the same evening, alongside Scheana Shay, during which she defended her decision to kiss Tom Schwartz, Sandoval’s close friend and business partner.
“Scheana was furious,” the source said. “She and all the Vanderpump Rules costars have rallied around Ariana during this time. They can’t believe Raquel would do something like that.”
In addition, Raquel sent a legal notification to her fellow cast members, cautioning them against disseminating the recording of an intimate FaceTime conversation with Sandoval, which was the video that Ariana discovered on his phone. Separate letters were also dispatched to Sandoval and Ariana.
The video in question is a steamy FaceTime encounter between Sandoval and Raquel. When Ariana discovered it on his phone, she recorded it and saved it to her device.
As per the legal notification, Raquel’s legal representatives claimed that the video had been recorded “illegally” and “without the permission,” of their client. The letter specifically named Sandoval as the individual who allegedly made the recording.
Raquel’s attorneys instructed anyone who has access to the recording to delete it from their devices, the cloud, or “any other manner or method in which the recording may exist.”
Furthermore, Raquel’s lawyer demanded to be informed of “all individuals to whom you have forwarded this recording or who you may have allowed to view this recording.” In the letter addressed to Ariana, the lawyers acknowledged that while they “understand the distress that this may have caused you,” it is illegal to re-record the footage and could result in “criminal and civil penalties.”
As per the lawyers, the dissemination of the video would represent a violation of California law, which prohibits the spread of nonconsensual pornography. “This would include forwarding the recording to another person, even if only to one other person,” the lawyers emphasized.
The letter concluded with a stern warning to the Vanderpump Rules cast: “This matter should be taken very seriously.” The lawyer for Sandoval’s letter also emphasized the gravity of the situation, stating, “This is very serious. Your exposure is significant.”