Update March 7: On the premiere episode , only Ryan Vieth, Tamra’s oldest son by another marriage, appears in her intro background
Is that why Tamra had him arrested?
The Orange County Sheriff’s Department has confirmed that Simon Barney, husband of The Real Housewives of Orange County star Tamra Barney, was arrested for domestic battery early this morning. The Sheriff’s Department did not provide details of the arrest, but sources say Tamra called the police after the couple — who are in the process of filing for divorce — began arguing over their dog, and Simon allegedly threw a leash at Tamra and hit her on the wrist. Barney remains in custody on $10,000 bail and is scheduled to appear in court tomorrow. Bravo has yet to respond to EW’s request for comment.
Simon’s side of the story:
There are a lot of rumors and speculation about the events of September 20th. I am confident and have faith that the truth will come out in the courts instead of the media. This incident was a setup by my ex-wife and she is already using it to make a claim for 100% custody of our children. It stems primarily from me refusing permission for our children to be filmed on her reality show, ‘Real Housewives of Orange County.’
“Recently my ex-wife and the production company have pressured me to allow the children to be filmed. I have always refused because I don’t believe it is in our children’s best interest to be exploited in this way. This has not set well with my ex-wife. If she succeeds in obtaining 100% custody, she will then be able to give permission for the children to be filmed even though I object.
“I have never been a danger to either my ex-wife or our children, as she has recently claimed. As so many people know, I love our children more than anything in the world. To me, it is tragic that any parent would go to such extreme measures as using custody to allow their children to be filmed on a reality program. I pray for my ex wife and our children all the time.”
Well, well. well, you can’t put the worms back in the can, Simon! So now, after filming the children for three seasons, it’s suddenly ” not in their best interests?” Tamra is apparently willing to play hardball with him, thus the domestic violence charge. This happened, by the way, at Tamra’s house as she was having a birthday party for one of the children, and yes, Eddie Judge, Tamra’s new love interest, was there.
On Tuesday, Tamra Barney appeared at Lamoreaux Justice Center in Orange to start the process of filing a restraining order against Simon. The two, who were depicted in three seasons of “Real Housewives of Orange County,” have three children together.
This fight is in rounds, watch what happens.
The Real Housewives of Orange County Season 6 premieres in January 2011.