Vicki Gunvalson was hurt, so she wanted to hurt Shannon Beador.
That was the reasoning the 54-year-old Real Housewives of Orange County star gave for spreading unverified rumors that Shannon’s husband, David Beador, was physically abusive towards Shannon in the past.
During Monday’s explosive end to the three-part RHOC reunion, Shannon maintained that Gunvalson was lying and that David “doesn’t beat the s— out of [her].” But Gunvalson bitterly stood by her seemingly false allegations and refused to apologize — even after Shannon clarified the story Gunavlson was using as “proof” of the spousal abuse.
Shannon and David had gotten into an argument after she learned about David’s affair, two-and-a-half years prior to the reunion’s taping, Shannon explained. He locked himself in a room and, trying to get to him, Shannon had attempted to barge through the door. In the process, she bruised her right shoulder and her right hip.
Earlier in the evening, Shannon said she had also gone out to dinner with David and “either had too much to drink or was slipped something.” She blacked out, and David found her blocks from the bar — with rips on her knees and blood on her pants.
“That was the darkest place for me,” Shannon said, showing host Andy Cohen pictures of the bruising. “I charged a door down in one of my darkest moments when I found out my husband had an affair … We went to Hawaii two days later, and I have huge bruises. [But] my husband did not beat me. He had had an affair on me and I was doing my best to bring my family back together.”
She also explained a 2003 call she made to police while she and David were having an argument. “It was nothing physical,” Shannon said. “We had a verbal argument — I wanted the argument to end.”
After hearing the story, even Gunvalson’s only ally Kelly Dodd sided with Shannon and said that her story made sense. But Gunvalson wouldn’t back down.
“That’s a typical classic abusive situation — you deny,” Gunvalson said, telling Shannon “I hope to God you’re not abused. When you called me screaming for your life? I hope it was not true.”
“I will never ever condone a man touching a woman,” she added. “Just saw the way your husband speaks to woman. And I know he yells at you and I know it’s physical … I will always look on the right side and the right side is a man will never touch a woman.”
The claims sent Shannon flying off the reunion couches in tears.
“You are horrible. You need to stop right now.” Shannon said. “I would never stay in a marriage if I were beat up. I would never teach that to my children.”
“Most people are going to believe me because I haven’t hid anything about my relationship with David,” she continued. “But what you have done? Now it’s on the show and it’s in the universe, there will be people that will go up to my children and say, ‘Your father beats your mother.’ …That is so damaging.”
Heather Dubrow defended Shannon and eloquently pointed out that while Dodd was wrong for repeating the false allegations, it was Gunvalson who should apologize.
“It’s like you’ve been waiting to use this,” she told Gunvalson. “Shannon confided in you in a dark moment. And it really speaks to your character that you would recklessly repeat that… I am highly disgusted and disappointed that you would repeat such a disgusting and dark thing. If you didn’t want to bring it out, you never would have mentioned it.”
She continued: “You should be kissing Shannon’s ass and begging her for forgiveness. You did lie. Maybe you can think about how what you said affects [her]. Take a moment and realize what you have done to Shannon.”
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But Gunvalson wasn’t changing her tune. “[Shannon] should beg me for forgiveness,” she yelled. “She put me through the ringer. She made me out like a con woman and a liar and I didn’t lie. I didn’t go on a cancer scam. And I’m tired of it!”
When Shannon returned to the reunion, the conversation pivoted to the false rumors Gunvalson spread about Tamra Judge’s husband Eddie. “It’s a rumor!” Gunvalson said of the claim that Eddie is gay. “I never said it was true… How would I know if it’s true or not? We’ve never talked about it.”
“Then you don’t spread it!” Tamra said of the lies, which discredited her and Eddie’s marriage. “Stop spreading rumors about people! And then you wouldn’t be in this s—.”
By episode’s end, Gunvalson had apologized for spreading the gossip about Shannon and Tamra to Dodd — but still wouldn’t admit that her claims about Shannon’s abuse were false. “I made a mistake,” she said. “I told her how hurt I was by [them]. Of course I was wrong.”
For Shannon, the damage was done. “My family is hurt from this,” she said. “It’s a problem. Spousal abuse is a very serious allegation.”
“You have made an allegation that is a lie — something that someone goes to jail for,” she told Gunvalson. “You are despicable. I will never, ever speak to you again.”