Raquel Leviss to Drop Restraining Order Against Scheana Shay After Filming 'Vanderpump Rules' Reunion

PEOPLE confirmed the costars didn't film the VPR reunion together due to Leviss's restraining order, which required Shay to maintain a distance of 100 yards and not engage her castmate

Scheana Shay Commits to Staying 100 Yards from Raquel Leviss at Vanderpump Rules Reunion Film
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Raquel Leviss isn't moving forward with her restraining order against Vanderpump Rules costar Scheana Shay.

PEOPLE can confirm that paperwork requesting to dismiss the temporary restraining order was submitted to the Superior Court of California by Leviss' attorney, Michael D. Holtz, on Friday. It has not yet been signed.

Additionally, a March 29 court date, in which Leviss could have requested to make her temporary restraining order permanent, has been removed from the court's calendar, court officials say — though as of Friday evening, the court date remains on the online docket.

Leviss' restraining order against Shay came after Leviss alleged Shay punched her during an argument on March 2. Shay has denied the accusations.

A source with knowledge of the situation tells PEOPLE that Leviss' legal team had worked with Shay's legal team prior to the reunion to work out a mutually acceptable resolution, but that a settlement agreement was never met.

"Production was aware that Raquel wanted to drop the TRO so that she and Scheana could film together," the source said. "Raquel was hoping they could agree that their argument escalated and got physical, but that there was no fault and that they wouldn't speak about it after the reunion. But Scheana's team wanted Raquel to say the punch never happened, and Raquel wouldn't say that. So talks came to a standstill."

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But a second insider notes, "Even if a settlement had been agreed, Shay would have been bound by the TRO until after the hearing date for a permanent RO — which fell days after the reunion."

Either way, the TRO remained in place — meaning Leviss, 28, and Shay, 37, had to remain 100 yards apart from one another. Producers solved the problem on Thursday, PEOPLE previously reported, by keeping the two in different rooms. They took turns filming with the other cast members.

In a statement to PEOPLE, Leviss confirmed she'd be dropping the temporary court order. "I can confirm that my attorney took my case off the court calendar Wednesday and is filing the appropriate paperwork requested by the court today to dismiss the TRO from moving forward after the 29th."

The former pageant queen added in the statement, which was first shared by Entertainment Tonight: "We let the court know I will not be moving forward with a permanent restraining order. My team tried to work with Scheana on a mutually beneficial agreement hoping to get the TRO dropped earlier so we could film [the Vanderpump Rules reunion] together."

During filming, Andy Cohen presented Shay with a copy of the request for dismissal forms signed by Leviss' lawyers, PEOPLE can confirm.

"The paperwork hadn't been filed yet, but it was Raquel's attempt to show Scheana that she wanted this whole thing to end and was taking the steps to end it," the source tells PEOPLE.

However, Shay's attorney Naema Rahmani doubted the legitimacy of the legal papers from Leviss, whose birth name is Rachel.

"Rachel had Andy 'serve' Scheana with a document during the reunion, but the papers have no legal meaning," Rahmani told PEOPLE in a statement Friday. "It was a request to dismiss a complaint or a civil lawsuit, but Rachel had requested a permanent restraining order, which is something completely different."

Leviss won't be able to negate the TRO ahead of its expiration date per "California law and even on the court's website," Rahmani added. "Even if Rachel had the correct document, which she didn't, it wasn't filed with the court."

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The Vanderpump Rules reunion will mark the first time Leviss comes face-to-face with costar Ariana Madix after Leviss' recently uncovered affair with Tom Sandoval ended his nine-year relationship with Madix.

"Obviously it was an intense day for everyone involved — especially Raquel and Tom, who were at the center of a very loud, very enraged firing squad," a source tells PEOPLE of the reunion, said to air later this spring.

Both Leviss and Sandoval were photographed filming outside on Thursday, wearing head-to-toe black. The source notes that at the reunion, "[Tom] and Raquel both apologized to Ariana, though she wasn't in an emotional place to accept their sorries."

The day ended without any sense of resolution," the insider add. "It'll be interesting to see whether this group ever truly forgives them, but stranger things have happened."

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Vanderpump Rules airs Wednesday nights at 9 p.m. ET on Bravo.

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