The reality star continues to draw fire as her ex's attorney says she is casting herself as a "victim"

By Jessica Fecteau
April 18, 2015 12:40 PM
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The lawyer for Jason Hoppy, the estranged husband of Real Housewives of New York star Bethenny Frankel, is responding to her provocative comments about being “homeless.”

Frankel made the statement in the premiere episode of the show’s seventh season on April 7, saying she’s the “wealthiest homeless person in Manhattan.”

In a statement provided to PEOPLE, Hoppy’s lawyer, Bernard Clair, says, “The recent stories about what is supposedly going on in court, particularly about financial matters, are inaccurate and false, seemingly planted by misguided people who wrongly believe that they are furthering Ms. Frankel’s newly minted effort to cast herself as a victim.”

The Bravo star, who recently told PEOPLE “there’s nothing more emasculating than a woman pulling out her credit card” appeared on Andy Cohen‘s Watch What Happens Live! on Tuesday, defending her comments after a fan called in to tell her the homeless comment was a bad choice of words.

“By being on the show, I open myself up to scrutiny,” Frankel, 44, told Cohen. “I said I was the wealthiest homeless person. It was a pun. I don’t actually think I’m homeless. I donate a lot of money to Dress For Success and help a lot of women who would be homeless or who were homeless every year with the money that I make from Skinnygirl.”

Hoppy, 44, and Frankel have a daughter together, Bryn, 4.

Says Hoppy’s lawyer, “Mr. Hoppy continues to work hard to protect his daughter from what appears to be her mother’s inability or unwillingness to put a clamp on uninvited media attention.”

Frankel’s rep did not respond to a request for comment.

The couple separated in December 2012.

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