The Real Housewives of Miami star Lisa Hochstein has settled her legal battle with Katharina Mazepa, the model friend of her estranged husband Dr. Lenny Hochstein won.
Mazepa filed for a restraining order against reality star Bravo TV in July. A judge ruled after a Nov. 28, 2022 hearing that there was insufficient evidence to uphold the protective order, court filings obtained by Heavy show. The judge said in a ruling, “Upon review, the evidence presented is insufficient under Florida law … to enable the court to issue an injunction for protection against domestic, repeated, dating or sexual violence or stalking.”
According to court documents, Mazepa accused Hochstein of cyberstalking, threats and harassment. Lenny Hochstein filed for divorce from his wife in May 2022 after the couple separated. He and Mazepa have said in court filings that they began dating after the split. Mazepa is also going through a divorce with her husband, court records show. Mazepa said in court documents Hochstein used fake Instagram accounts to tarnish her social media reputation and made threatening phone calls to her. Hochstein denied any wrongdoing.
Miami-Dade County Judge Ayana Harris wrote in the order vacating the restraining order, “The court does not find that the phone calls/messages served no legitimate purpose, nor does it find that the petitioner suffered significant emotional distress Weintraub noted that there was “no good reason” for the protection order to continue, court documents show. The case was dismissed unscathed, meaning Mazepa was able to resubmit the case.
According to court documents, Mazepa said Hochstein called her and said, “You will pay… You don’t know who I am… I will destroy you. … You wrecking whore. You don’t know who I am, I have a TV show and I’m going to destroy you.”
Mazepa’s attorneys wrote in court documents that they confirmed that posts published on Instagram under a false name were made by Lisa Hochstein. The posts “threaten deportation, call for immigration and other threats of harm,” Herlawyers wrote, adding that Hochstein “created other fake Instagram accounts and commented on her own posts, using other accounts to spread false information.” . defamation campaign” in their efforts to further harass, persecute and harm Mazepa,” court documents say.
Lisa Hochstein’s Real Housewives of Miami co-star testified in her defense
Lisa Hochstein told People in a statement, “I feel validated. I am pleased to say that the court system is working and that the judge saw through these false and fictitious allegations against me. I just wish she hadn’t spread those lies in the first place because it was clearly a waste of time, money and energy for all of us.”
She added: “I’m sparkling clean, I’ve never done anything, never hurt anyone, I’ve never threatened anyone with physical harm in my life. I think it was all just an attempt to smear me in the press, to publicly portray herself as a victim so people wouldn’t criticize her for being in a relationship with a married man, and to help Lenny with our divorce proceedings . Because she filed this three months after we had contact. There was no reason to chase me. … It shouldn’t have been granted in the first place! Temporary injunctions are issued when you physically harm someone and their life is in danger; her life was never in danger. Nothing she claimed was true and the court proved it.”
Lorne Berkeley, Mazepa’s attorney, told People, “The judge acknowledged that the disputed acts were actually committed by Lisa and found credible and legitimate, as Ms. Mazepa complained,” but said the law does it Permanent hard to obtain restraining order. “While we respect the court’s decision, we do not agree that such an exception should have applied in this situation,” Berkeley told People.
The court battle between Hochstein and Mazepa lasted for several months, with multiple hearings and sequels, court records viewed by Heavy Show. According to court documents, Hochstein’s “RHOM” co-star Larsa Pippen was one of the witnesses during the Nov. 28 hearing that led to the lifting of the restraining order.
Pippen tells Page Six on December 10th, “I know how hard it is when you’ve lived this lifestyle and you have young children and suddenly you have to figure out your life. It’s a scary place to wake up one day and realize your life will never be the same. I’ve helped Lisa work things out with Lenny, especially when it comes to the kids. When you go through a divorce, there’s an ugly stage, right? And that’s why I wanted her to think about the kids when it’s crazy sometimes.”
Lisa Hochstein’s bitter divorce battle with her estranged husband, Dr. Lenny Hochstein, ongoing
The divorce battle between Lisa and Lenny Hochstein, who have two young children together, continues to play out. The two sides have exchanged barbs on court filings in recent months. According to court documents obtained by Heavy, the dispute is centered on a marriage contract. Divorce is a key storyline in the new season of The Real Housewives of Miami. published on Peacock on December 8th.
According to court documents, Lisa Hochstein has accused Lenny of attempting to “financially strangle” her during their divorce proceedings. She has applied for temporary assistance and asked a judge to order her estranged husband to pay her legal fees. Lenny Hochstein’s attorneys have argued that he supported her financially, saying that Lisa Hochstein makes $30,000 per episode of “RHOM.”
Lisa Hochstein told People about the divorce case and the restraining order fight: “It’s just so embarrassing. Going through something like that publicly would never have been my decision. And I’ve been silent for months. But we signed up for it and it’s going to be out there whether we like it or not.”
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