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Bethenny Frankel’s New Beau Michael Cerussi Was Once Accused of Rape

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Michael Cerussi

Yearbook photo of Michael A. Cerussi, who is rumored to be Bethenny Frankel’s new boyfriend

Bethenny Frankel’s new beau Michael Cerussi was once accused of rape by a college co-ed at Union College.

Cerussi and another fraternity brother were accused by a college co-ed of raping her, Cerussi did admit to having sexual relations with the co-ed, insisting that it was consensual.  The co-ed never did file a complaint with the local police department, she did however file a complaint with the college with lead to Cerussi’s expulsion from the university in 2000.

Cerussi filed a lawsuit against the college and alleged victim in 2001. The case went on two years before a settlement was reached and the case was dismissed.  Union College agreed to reverse the expulsion and reinstate Cerussi as part of the settlement agreement. Cerussi never returned to the college.

https://twitter.com/UnoCouture/statuses/418915349736595457

Cerussi whose full name in Michael A. Cerussi III is 34, making him 9 years younger than Frankel.  “Mac” as his friends call him works in finance in New York and allegedly comes from a wealthy family.  He’s father Michael A. Cerussi Jr. was a corporate lawyer at the time of his death in 2011.  Michael’s mother Kathryn was reportedly an executive with a major magazine.  

Well, it looks like we can rule out Mac being after some of that Skinny Girl coin, I’m guessing he’s never seen Bethenny in action berating Jason Hoppy.  Hmm, what does he see in her? 

  • Dr Seuss

    Hmm, what does he see in her? <—From the looks of tweetpic not much. He looks bored. I didn't realize her divorce from Jason was final. I'm a little surprise to see her "dating" already. I wonder if Jason approves of this dirtbag around Brie. Nice catch Bethenny…smh!

    • Babson_Chick

      Good morning Doc!! Yes he does look bored and I’m not sure why as she’s such a “catch”!!!! (I’m thinking like a dead flounder) Also didn’t know divorce is final or is it.

      • 4theHighHeels_4theRawDeals

        Well looky who is here! Hi Babs!

        • Babson_Chick

          Hi there HH!! Yes I just came over to the “happy place”.

          • 4theHighHeels_4theRawDeals

            This place is great, huh? Things have been getting kind of nasty around RT from what I understand. I’m happy to be here with the sunshine crowd.

            • Babson_Chick

              Yes, I had talked to some that had been run off but I had no idea it was getting so bad on the dark side. Also happy to see everyone again on the “bright side”.

              • 4theHighHeels_4theRawDeals

                I’m so out of the loop that I didn’t even know that people had been run off? What in the world are they doing that for? I don’t get it!

      • Dr Seuss

        Bwahaha!!! This is hilarious :-)

        • hardtimz

          Especially when you look at the traffic that they use to have…I looked it’s not as many!

          • Dr Seuss

            Not nearly but I don’t think they care which is very odd.

    • Laura Lorrington

      I’m surprised that there is a new guy. I thought the other corny looking Wall Street BaZallionaire was her main squeeze?

      Morning Doc!

      • hardtimz

        WOW LL your here as well…great to see you!

        • Laura Lorrington

          Yeap, how you doing?

          • hardtimz

            Pretty good how’s your new year thus far? You like the site so far…I do!

    • Jennymckitty

      Hey Seuss! Isn’t this the same guy who was her “close friend” last spring?

    • hardtimz

      Hey Dr. Seuss, I’ve tried passing on the word, but I’m being moderated. Maybe you can give some suggestions.

    • 4theHighHeels_4theRawDeals

      He’s a psycho! Psycho’s are like magnets–their forces find each other. He sounds like the perfect fit for her own neurotic behavior. Or maybe he’s her cold hard slap of karma that she’s got coming.

      • julyol1972

        Hi heels, I hope that slap doesn’t include Brynn, cuz Jason would kill him!

        Will email you later, cool?

        • 4theHighHeels_4theRawDeals

          Oh no, all innocent parties are spared from such karma. Barfenny will get the karmic slap heard ’round the world!

          And yes, absolutely cool! :)

          • julyol1972

            Oh, I know you weren’t including her child in your post! I meant, that sometimes karma does affect the innocent party, and him being a convicted rapist doesn’t bode well for her, nor her reputation. Just saying poor Brynn might get caught up in the madness.

            • 4theHighHeels_4theRawDeals

              Oh I knew you weren’t thinking that–and I do agree, innocents sometimes get caught in the karmic crossfire (especially between parents). I just hope the good energy from Jason and his parents can deflect any bad karma that might come onto Bryn. She’s really such a sweet little thing. But then I love all children.

              • julyol1972

                I always said that if Bethenny didn’t want Jason, she should pass Mr. Hoppy over my way.Lol!!! I wasn’t happy with him when he did some under-handedness during the divorce, cuz I’ve always thought he was way better than that. But I do think he’s a wonderful man, and father, and his parents were the absolute sweetest people.

                • 4theHighHeels_4theRawDeals

                  I blame that bad behavior of his on having to deal with that neurotic, screeching narcissist. She would drive me crazy too. She’s a fool–throws happiness away with both hands and then cries about her misery. Some people thrive on chaos and she’s certainly one of them.

                  • julyol1972

                    I always wondered what the catalyst was for the breakup, because they seemed so happy at first. But this reality thing ain’t no joke, and there’s a reason why rational, thinking folks don’t do marriage-tv. It never, ever works!

                    • 4theHighHeels_4theRawDeals

                      Okay–take this with a grain of salt because it is a ‘friend of a friend of a friend story.’ I have a good friend in NYC who has a friend who knows Bethenny–has known her since her Martha Stewart apprentice days when she worked as an assistant on that show. They became friends (only for a while–like most of B’s relationships, they falter after a short time). Anyway, my friend’s friend *insists* that the real reason for the breakup is because B has an eating disorder and Jason wanted her to get treatment for it. This might come out in the custody legal battle but he’s prevented from speaking about any health/personal issues of hers to the press. She denies the eating disorder (apparently it is bulimia) and is fearful of her “Skinnygirl” brand going down the toilet.

                      As I said, this is NOT my first hand information–but I do believe my friend as she does not lie. Whether or not the former assistant (it was to the MS show, not to Barfenny) lies–well, I have no way of knowing. But it would make sense if you think about it.

                    • hardtimz

                      I can see that because she seemed like the type to obsess about something like that…weight. While trying and claiming to have control over it when she really doesn’t.

                    • 4theHighHeels_4theRawDeals

                      That’s my impression–but as I said, it is a ‘friend of a friend’ story so I can’t vouch for it. But it seems a likely explanation.

                    • hardtimz

                      Right…grain of salt. But she does still seem like the type to front like she’s got it all together… but really doesn’t!

                    • 4theHighHeels_4theRawDeals

                      Exactly, my friend–that’s why I find it believable too. But it could be that she was such a bitch on wheels that he just couldn’t take her narcissism any longer! That would be an equally viable explanation! :)

                    • hardtimz

                      Two very believable reasons as to what may have happened…that’s what I’m going with!!

                    • 4theHighHeels_4theRawDeals

                      Or it could be a combo also. I have always thought she had an eating disorder by what she has written and how she behaves around food. But then, I don’t know for sure. But one thing I AM sure about is that she’s an insufferable, narcissistic bitch!

                    • hardtimz

                      And with a daughter almost certain that she’ll pass it on to her daughter. Hopefully Jason can help Brynn before it even gets started.

                    • 4theHighHeels_4theRawDeals

                      Yes, plus those wonderful parents of his–the grandparents are wonderful!

                      I’m outta here for the night. Gotta get ready for a big night out with my hubby before he goes out of town. Talk to you soon–and GREAT seeing you here again. :)

                    • hardtimz

                      All right enjoy…

                    • julyol1972

                      Hmmmm! So yes, I’m also apt to believe your friend about the eating disorder because I think her crazy childhood makes Bethenny attempt to exert control over people and things in a way that is incredibly unhealthy.

                      I would definitely see how that would be an issue in the divorce if true, because she’s always purported herself as a Natural Cook, and extolled the lack of calories in Skinny Girl, etc. If it came out that this was based on her fears around weight, instead of healthy eating, it would be detrimental to the company, and her reputation.

                      I don’t think that is the reason for their breakup however. I do remember Jason resenting her income versus his, and talking about his feelings of inadequacy when she was in so high demand, and he had quit his job to help her out.

                    • hardtimz

                      But for me Jason seemed a little more loving than Bethenny. But her entire personality was and is very abrasive inside and out…

                    • julyol1972

                      There upbringings definitely shaped, and played a part in their adult lives. Jason is truly loved, and came from a very happy home, even the death of his brother didn’t change that. I too think he was a great guy!

                      I agree that Bethenny just seemed brittle all the time. Too many hard edges. I think having the kind of mother she had, and a father who cared more about his horses than he did her, did her a great disservice. I was hoping Jason, and his family’s love would soften her edges, but I don’t think she trusted them enough to let down her guard. Bethenny should never have gotten married. In that respect, she reminds me a lot of Kenya.

                    • hardtimz

                      100% Agreed! I really loved Jason’s parents, I thought that they could have come up with something or some kind of show for those two and Jason. But a realty show would have surely ruined their marriage, so in REAL reality they dodged a bullet! OMG do not get me started on all of Kenya’s real krazy!

                    • julyol1972

                      Most people should stay away from reality – Jason and his parents are a prime example. I always wondered if he and Bethenny might have succeeded outside of the cameras.

                      And yeah, my thoughts on Kenya and her foolishness, could fill a book. Now that she’s had the fibroid surgery in preparation for in vitro, I expect the madness to be turned up to a level 60. Lord, Kenya pregnant, and hormonal – I just can’t even…..

                    • hardtimz

                      That’s what I wondered but Bethenny wanted fame and fortune and people working for her….love and marriage was going to fall to the way side!

                    • julyol1972

                      Agreed! Some people can’t make it all work, and I don’t think Bethenny is cut out for compromise.

  • fengshoe1

    I believe it might be common for a rape charge to filed with campus police, but not city/town pd.

    • 4theHighHeels_4theRawDeals

      It’s very common. Many young college women don’t want to take their case public out of embarrassment — and the truth is that often, when they do go to the college police, they are treated as though it was their fault, making them even more unlikely to go to the city PD.

      • Babson_Chick

        So true and it’s happening way too much – same in our military. Hope you’re having a great New Year so far.

        • 4theHighHeels_4theRawDeals

          Having a great year–and hope you are as well. And yes, sadly, you are right about what has happened in the military.

      • hardtimz

        Hi HighHeels and I see you’re here as well nice to see familiar names. How’s your new year going so far?

        • 4theHighHeels_4theRawDeals

          Hi Hardtimz! Wow–so good to see you here too. I like it here–all my favorite peeps are here. I hadn’t seen you for a while on RT so it’s good to see you.

          • hardtimz

            Yes I like it here too, and seeing all my favorites. Yes I let RT go after they started w/all the over the top moderating and it just wasn’t fun anymore!

            • 4theHighHeels_4theRawDeals

              Now that I am thinking of it–I do remember seeing a lot of deleted comments. I had assumed they were because of attacks but now I am wondering if it was just heavy-handing moderation because there are too many people I trust here to say the moderating was heavy for it to not be true. I don’t think I experienced it (I wonder why?). When I was gone for a while, Reality Tea came into a thread I posted on–I had said “I am addicted to reality tea,” and she said, “Oh good! We are glad you are.” I have no idea why she would say that to me but perhaps she is concerned about people leaving her site. This was not that long ago.

              Great to see you here! I always love your posts!

              • hardtimz

                Yes it was real heavy handed. I got really ticked off when they posted a Lardassian story of one of the younger sisters inappropriate attire. Knowingly that it was going to draw harsh comments. But RT got upset w/the responses, and yes, they were a bit harsh. And RT began deleting the comments and calling the posters vicious because of the comments. And they posted that they could see our email address, which I always thought that they could. But it was something about the way they said it. At that point, I said okay, “let me move” on before I get caught in some nonsense over people that don’t even know that I’m alive…nor care for that matter!

                • julyol1972

                  A lot of their actions now smack of intimidation tactics. Like the flagging of our comments as spam so they go into moderation. Or threatening the owner of this site with legal action because he allowed us a forum here, to discuss how we felt!

                  • hardtimz

                    Right I thought it was just me. Because I use to get a little carried away with my Lardassian’s comments, but it just having fun. My thought they should not have started posting. I know it’s kinda crazy, their all gossip sites. ROL had some of the comments of what was happening there as well. BTW I use to follow a few people from RT and tried sending them new site but kept getting “DELETED”!

                    • julyol1972

                      Agreed! We had gone to ROL one time to all complain amongst each other, and then found out that she was following us and reading our comments. Smacks of stalking to me.

                    • hardtimz

                      And creating fictitious screen names. When people almost became regulars you knew them, and about knew what kind things they would say. I thought that someone from their staff was following/stalking the posters. It was very odd to me. Because even when I was giving this site from my Disqus it was still deleted.

                    • julyol1972

                      Yeah! We think the Mod was also ” Megan”, who has baited posters in the past and got them deleted or banned from RT. And who followed us here and was flagging comments to be deleted. Ed is smart, and figured out quickly was was up. But I’m sure if you go to another Disqus powered site, the shenanigans might not be so obvious to another moderator.

                    • hardtimz

                      Are you kidding me…this is some straight crazy! RT act like this site is stealing secrets and are planning to take over the gossip world! Thanks I’ll try that going that.

                  • fengshoe1

                    July..I am still shocked by all of it. The day WCF found me at ROL, I had seen tweets earlier, from RT, had no clue, just thought- oh she’s going off, again. Then, when I came here, I started to wonder if this was the site…Think you saw me post to Ed ‘think you have twit eyes on you’ and I asked if I could e-mail. All the crap that’s been done is insane.
                    In protest, lol, I’m not posting there. Can’t say I won’t read a story, here, and there.
                    Geez. how do people handle more than 1 account? I can’t watch a show and post at the same time.

                • 4theHighHeels_4theRawDeals

                  I must have missed all that—but who cares if they have our email addresses? Mine is a generic, throw-it-away one anyway. It’s not like she can find out anyone’s true identity.

                  I have spent a lot of time on there! I can’t believe I missed all this shizz!

                  • hardtimz

                    Right I felt like I didn’t have anything to hide as far as my email was concerned. LOL you really can’t and if so, it would be so much work, time and energy in doing…not worth it!

                    • 4theHighHeels_4theRawDeals

                      Exactly. Wow, they really have gotten petty over there though! All the best snarkers will come here anyway!

                    • hardtimz

                      Right I love all the snark, that’s what made it fun and funny! I usually don’t go any where near them, but I wanted to see the traffic. And not as much as it use to be…that’s for sure. I hope the folks will come here…I love it!

  • fengshoe1

    Yo, Bethenny..work out the custody stuff and finalize your divorce.No one will give a hoot who ya dating.

    • 4theHighHeels_4theRawDeals

      Barfenny has never had her priorities straight. NEVER.

  • hardtimz

    Personally, I would not want to be associated w/ anyone accused of rape around my daughter! Bethanny sure does know how to pick’em. Is anyone surprised that she’s getting a second season for that awful talk show?

    • julyol1972

      Yes, and I happen to like Bethenny. But since all my posting buds were giving me the low-down on how awful it was, I never felt the need to watch it. Color me very surprised she got a second chance.

      Maybe they will overhaul the entire thing, and start over?

      • hardtimz

        I use to like Bethanny and thought that she was very funny and always had very good come-backs. But who she was on Housewives is almost a separate world of talk show hosting. IMO not getting what she’s doing on her talk show.

        • julyol1972

          Me either! Not everyone needs or frankly deserves a talk show. Bethenny was interesting on Housewives and on her own show! That ship has now sailed. She now needs to go raise her child in private, and stay out the public eye. Plus, her voice is horrible for a talk show format – nails on chalkboard!

          • hardtimz

            Agreed but she most likely will not do that because she’s addicted to FAME and people talking about her good or bad! It does not matter to her one bit!

            • julyol1972

              Agreed! There is a strong element of famewhoriness that is necessary, and Bethenny has it in spades. Otherwise, she would’ve blown out of there a long time ago.

              • hardtimz

                EXACTLY! Hell I think if that talk show doesn’t work, she’ll try and wiggle her way back on to Real Housewives or try and pitch some type of cooking show.

                • julyol1972

                  ITA! Some folks need to accept when their reality time is coming to an end! Bethenny is one of them. Though, I have to say that neither Jill or Alex seem to have gotten the memo, since they’re always commenting on all things housewives years later, after the fact.

                  • hardtimz

                    I almost died laughing when Alex and her husband appeared on couple’s Therapy. Jill claiming to have more twitter followers than any other HW. I said, WTF… girl let it go, your time have come and gone! And I really didn’t see the purpose when Andy allowed her on WHHL. But she sure was trying hard as hell to convince him to allow her back on to that show!

                    • julyol1972

                      Alex and Simon were so sad! That was as transparent an attempt to stay on the reality gravy train, as Jon Gosselin appearing on the new season because he “can’t afford to pay for couples therapy on his own”!

                      Jill is holding on to this for dear life – pathetic, and desperate though she may seem!

                    • hardtimz

                      OKAY…OMG! That was as clear as Back Door Farrah trying with a fake boyfriend. And it’s so funny didn’t even know that Jon was dating and in need of couple therapy! Seems like every time I see Jill she’s always talking about some new opportunities that never seem to materialize! Again, she needs to just let it go…DANG!

                    • julyol1972

                      Apparently, he partly blames Kate for his issues, even though he’s been with this person for about two years. #rollseyes

                      As far goes, Jill goes. They will need to pry her cold, dead hands from around Bravo’s door knob. bet you Andy’s number is on speed dial! Lol!

                    • hardtimz

                      OMG laughinng too hard, at prying Jill’s cold dead hands from the Bravo door knob…good one! And bet she’s still holding on screaming….”NO NO this wasn’t supposed to be me fired” maybe Kelly’s crazy a@@ but not me!!! Can you imagine dating a man w/that many children and still little…oooo whewww…not me!

                    • julyol1972

                      Exactly! It’s everybody else who should be gone! Alex and her hives, crazy-eyed Ramonia, Kelly and her jelly beans, but not mean-girl Jill, never that!

                      No, no ,and no! Some folks like to give Jon a pass saying that it was Kate who wanted 20 more kids, instead of him. My thing is that he laid down with her and had them. If he wasn’t down, he should’ve said so – strongly. Jon is as much to blame as she is, and now appears to be just as big a famewhore as he was claiming she was.

                    • hardtimz

                      Jon sure is as much to blame because he could have put his foot down and said, “No more children Kate”! Because they had to see how hard it was with the first set of twins…so no pass for Jon from me! Oh I never liked Ramonia/Pinot but daughter have grown up to be very pretty. But I did love the way Heather use to go right back at her and didn’t always invite Pinot to every event. I had high hopes that the other tall blonde would be able to hold her own w/Pinot, but she even caved in as well… Alright we like the same stuff…love it!

                    • julyol1972

                      Jon as the injured, abused party in that relationship doesn’t work for me- but boy did I get cussed out on ROL for saying so! Lol!

                      Ramonia was never one of my favorites – too unfiltered, but I still haven’t warmed totally to Heather either. The jury’s still out! I cannot abide Aviva and her infernal leg. That’s all she ever talks about…that and her freakin phobias! That tirade in St. Barts because she wasn’t welcomed with a 40 piece marching band, and balloons because she got on a plane, was beyond stupid!

                      Add the fact that she foisted her vulgar, lecherous father on the rest of the world, is enough to put me firmly in the “Aviva Must GO” corner!

                    • hardtimz

                      That’s crazy never thought that anyone beside his children would ever defend Jon. I would go as far to call Pinot very unfiltered and uncouth! Aviva’s father was gross and vulgar, he made my skin crawl. Hopefully he won’t make many appearances this season!

                    • julyol1972

                      ROL either has the biggest Jon fans, or the most rabid Kate haters, I still haven’t decided. Lol!

                      Your mouth, Bravo’s ear regarding Lechy The Dad!

                    • hardtimz

                      Oh okay, I’ll have to pay attention to that one…LOL Leachy The Dad…good one!

                    • julyol1972

                      Watching him go after Sonya with his mouth open – you could practically see the drool! Ugh – mouth breather! *shudders*

    • http://TVFishbowl.com/ Ed B.

      Isn’t this going to be her third season? One taped in LA, then this season in NY after the separation and now the renewal. The show is godawful in my opinion. Notice they’re also changing the format, will be interesting to see what changes they make.

      • hardtimz

        Well goes to show how much I’ve cared thought it was the second. I thought the first season was a test run, didn’t count for a full season. When are you guys going to post Lardassians’s stories.

      • julyol1972

        I thought the ones filmed in LA was just to feel out the audience – like a tester, and therefore don’t count as a full season?

        • hardtimz

          That’s what I thought that it was a test run because it only aired in certain cities…at the time.

  • WestCoastFeed

    Hmm. Rich boy accused of rape in college with the civil suit eventually settled and the college agrees to reinstate him. I wonder about the girl’s motives here.

    • julyol1972

      After reading the full story on ROL, I’d have to say her actions seemed really suspect leading up to the filing. But since the school ultimately found him guilty, I guess they had a lot more to go on in order to convict.

      • WestCoastFeed

        I’ll have to read the ROL story, but it bothers me that she didn’t go to the police and press criminal charges against him.

        • julyol1972

          Yeah, there’s a lot about her story, including when she decided to actually call it rape, how long she took to report it to the school officials, etc. that make me look at her questioningly.

          Please read it, and let me know what you think, West!

          • WestCoastFeed

            I have and see that I did misread part of the story. I thought she was the one who filed the civil suit, but it was he who did and the school caved.

            • julyol1972

              I don’t know! Did you see how she was said to have changed the story because his friends walked past her table laughing, and she thought it was directed towards her?

              I’m not condoning his actions in the least bit, nor do I feel sorry that he was convicted of rape. I’m just questioning some of the details on her end.

              • WestCoastFeed

                The whole thing is tawdry for all of them involved.

              • http://TVFishbowl.com/ Ed B.

                I don’t think he was ever convicted in the courts. But, I’m a firm believer there has to be more than this story.

                • julyol1972

                  Me too!

        • Jennymckitty

          There are some places where the campus police has jurisdiction and operates like the city PD. I have no idea if this is the case here.

  • julyol1972

    OT: Ed, are you going to be reporting on Kenya getting fibroid surgery in preparation for in vitro? TMZ just posted the story.