One year later Gretchen Rossi and Slade Smiley are now officially engaged in a lawsuit related to Gretchen’s makeup line, Gretchen Christine Beaute, the lawsuit–filed by Gretchen’s business partner-Gretchen’s long time and now former makeup artist and extremely angry former friend RonAnn Meyers.
RonAnn appeared in season five of RHOOC in Bravo footage which seems to bolster her claim she was a partner in Gretchen’s makeup line. (One wonders if Bravo is happy about having yet another cast member embroiled in a lawsuit where Bravo footage might be aired in court.
On April 13, 2011, RonAnn filed a lawsuit naming Gretchen Rossi and Slade Smiley as the defendants in a 37-page lawsuit. Some of RonAnn’s claims: ‘breach of oral contract’, ‘fraud/deceit’ and ‘fraudulent conspiracy’. RonAnn is seeking in excess of $100,000 in damages and a trial before a jury.
The latest lawsuit involves both Gretchen and Slade as defendants. Slade’s other court case, Slade’s October 2010 court claim he’s too destitute and indigent to pay back child support for his son Grayson, who suffers from a rare form of brain cancer. Slade Smiley’s Court Documents
Over at the Bravo footage vault, scenes from season five, episode 14, the episode where Gretchen and RonAnn worked together on selecting the right shades of makeup and cosmetic containers for the new makeup line.
More details from the lawsuit
In the lawsuit RonAnn claimed she had been Gretchen’s friend and personal makeup artist for seven years.
RonAnn claimed in February of 2009 after RonAnn mentioned she was planning her own makeup line, ‘Wiinks’, Gretchen ‘expressed an immediate interest’ in becoming RonAnn’s business partner.
The partnership was a 50/50 deal in ownership, control, and profits.
Agreeing to ‘pool their resources’, Gretchen and RonAnn each deposited $5,000 in a joint business bank account. RonAnn claimed that at a later date Gretchen cleaned out the account–over $2,100–without informing RonAnn. RonAnn had to pay the overcharge fees and close the account.
RonAnn claimed in February of 2009, Gretchen and Slade Smiley ‘unilaterally moved to change the name of the makeup line’ eliminating ‘Wiinks’.
RonAnn had a long established relationship with Lady Burd, a private label manufacturer.
RonAnn claimed Gretchen and Slade cut her out of the loop, negotiating a deal with Lady Burd Cosmetic’s New York office.
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