Bethenny Frankel is more devoted to her 2 million social-media followers than her own daughter, a lawyer for the TV star’s ex said in Manhattan court Tuesday.
The “Real Housewives of New York” star — who’s locked in a custody battle with ex Jason Hoppy — was forced to defend an Instagram video she posted that featured her dying dog, Cookie, and the voice of the former couple’s 9-year-old daughter, Bryn.
“Isn’t it true that it was more important for you to be broadcasting to your 2 million followers than to be present in the moment?” Hoppy’s lawyer, Robert Wallack, told her. “Why do you need to have 2 million strangers know what goes on in your private life?”
Frankel shot back that her followers help support her kid financially and pay the bills — along with Wallack’s wages.
“They purchase my jeans, they support Mr. Hoppy,” she said. “They pay for [his] rent and his parenting money.
“They are the people that are paying your legal bills,” she sassed.
The lawyer had been referencing an October 2017 Instagram “story” in which the 48-year-old reality TV star shot footage of her sick pooch and asked fans for advice on how to talk to Bryn about its impending death.
In the last video of the story, the girl can be heard reading a heartfelt card to the dog.
“When something notable or serious happens in your life, you immediately post to social media,” Wallack said. “To do this in front of Bryn and then to involve her? Did you think this was appropriate parenting behavior?”
Frankel responded, ”This was my personal behavior.”
Manhattan Supreme Court Judge Michael Katz then jumped in to stop the line of questioning.
“You are trying to egg her on, and she’s playing into it. Instead of making factual arguments, why don’t you ask your questions,” Katz told Wallack.
In 2012, Frankel and Hoppy split up and have been duking it out in court for more than two months. Frankel accused Hoppy in March of having a wild temper, manhandling their daughter and abusing Cookie.
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