Bethenny Frankel's Ex-Husband Jason Hoppy Takes Plea Deal in Stalking and Harassment Case
Bethenny Frankel and ex-husband Jason Hoppy have reached a resolution in the harassment and stalking charges she brought against him after he was arrested in January for allegedly threatening her at their 7-year-old daughter Bryn’s school.
A spokesperson for the New York District Attorney’s confirms to PEOPLE that Hoppy agreed to a plea deal involving a family adjournment in contemplation of dismissal in court Monday.
In accordance with the ACD, Hoppy must comply with Frankel’s order of protection for six months, at which point the case will be dismissed. Per the SkinnyGirl mogul’s order of protection, Hoppy must have no communication with her, and must stay away from her home and place of business.
“We are pleased but not at all surprised that the charges were dismissed. It’s clear from the trajectory of this case that her claims were not substantiated or credited, and the motive was questioned. Mr. Hoppy looks forward to moving on with his life and his daughter,” his attorney Alex Spiro said in a statement.
A rep for Frankel did not immediately respond to PEOPLE’s request for comment.
The plea has been on the table since August, PEOPLE previously reported, when it was offered to Hoppy after a judge denied his request to dismiss Frankel’s charges.
In January, Hoppy, 46, was arrested at Bryn’s school, an NYPD spokesperson confirmed to PEOPLE, noting that Hoppy allegedly approached Frankel and “tried to provoke a fight.” The NYPD spokesperson added that Frankel alleged Hoppy had sent her “numerous emails and FaceTime calls numbering in the hundreds after a cease and desist letter was sent on Nov. 22, 2016.”
He was charged with one count of harassment in the second degree, one count of aggravated harassment in the second degree, and one count of stalking in the fourth degree. He denied the charges at the time, with his former attorney Robert C. Gottlieb telling PEOPLE in a statement: “There are no words to express how saddened Mr. Hoppy is over his ex-wife’s unjustified actions. His only concern is his daughter and [he] intends to vigorously fight these false charges.”
Less than two months later, on March 13, Hoppy appeared in court and rejected an initial plea offer. During a court appearance on June 27, Hoppy was arraigned on additional charges — including one count of stalking in the third degree, another count of stalking in the fourth degree and some additional conduct.
Frankel— who has been focusing her efforts on disaster relief in Houston, Mexico and Puerto Rico — has kept much of her tumultuous relationship with Hoppy away from the press and the Real Housewives of New York City cameras. But during the season 9 reunion in August, she broke down in tears about the “torment and torture” she said she’s had to deal with “every single second” since their split in December 2012.
Among the many revelations in her candid conversation on the reunion show, Frankel said that the only thing that would free her from Hoppy’s alleged torment would be to move forward with a “zero contact” solution.
“Any resolution is legally mandated, and I’m fine with that,” Frankel told host Andy Cohen. “I don’t care what happens, I have faith that somehow I will be able to live a normal free life. But it has to be with zero contact. Because with any contact, this will not end.”
Frankel’s divorce was finalized in July 2016, and she said that things only got worse from there — even adding financial straits. “It was a very, very negative situation,” she explained. “It was $3,000,000 in legal fees. I mean, it’s a lot of f—— money. I have to work really hard to make that.”
And while she said she’s been “happier and nicer” person as she’s poured herself into her charity, B Strong, to help other women in crisis, she said she could see that the case against Hoppy was affecting her friendships with the other Housewives.
“It is indescribable and it is inexplicable and it’s like, if someone wants to talk about like a war zone in Israel, how are you going to explain that to someone?” she said. “I’m not comparing this to actual war but in my life, you can’t even imagine the torment that this has been. There’s no way to describe it. I just stifled it in because if I let any of it out, I’m going to totally break down. I can’t believe this happened to me.”
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Meanwhile, Frankel insisted Bryn doesn’t know what’s going on between her parents.
“[Bryn’s] very pure and innocent and happy and she doesn’t really understand what a reality television show is, much less the things [we’re] talking about,” Frankel said on the reunion show. “It’s extremely advanced and complicated. I live in a house alone with my daughter when I have her. So there’s no pressure at all. She’s very isolated in her life and she’s very happy.”
That doesn’t mean Frankel’s worried about Bryn finding out one day. “I grew up in a very, very, very challenging household and I survived,” Frankel said. “Life is not always fairy tales and rainbows, and I don’t want her to think that it is.”
“I’m definitely at my happiest when I’m with [her],” she added. “She is the sweetest, nicest person. Just going to the beach. The simple things in life. Those are the happy moments.”