â€œThe Real Housewives of Orange Countyâ€ star, Gretchen Rossi, and her boyfriend, Slade Smiley, are being sued for breach of contract, deceit, fraud and conspiracy by their former business partner, Ronann Myers, over the Gretchen Christine Beaute make-up line.
Ronann, a former make-up artist and Gretchenâ€™s friend and business partner, claims that they started the make-up company together and agreed to split the profits 50/50. Gretchen and Ronann both initially invested $15k, but Ronann never signed a partnership agreement.
Gretchen and Ronann had an oral agreement, but when Ronann asked the real housewife to sign the papers, her boyfriend did not let her. Ronann is now seeking $100k in damages and attorneysâ€™ fees.
The lawsuit states: “From February 2009 onward, Rossi and Smiley engaged in an elaborate scheme to defraud Plaintiff out of her interest in the make-up Line.
“Rossi and Smiley conspired to exploit Plaintiff’s experience in, knowledge of and contacts within the make-up industry to create, design, launch and promote â€˜Gretchen Christine Beaute.â€™ Once Rossi and Smiley obtained what they needed from Plaintiff, they planned to â€˜cut her off without a dime.â€™ Their plan was premeditated.”
Gretchen reportedly also took $2183.00 out of their joint business account without Ronannâ€™s permission. The real housewifeâ€™s business partner also accuses her of having sale profits directly deposited on her own personal PayPal account.