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Gretchen Rossi Awarded $523K In Years-Long Defamation Lawsuit!

Gretchen Rossi has finally received a judgment in a defamation case that has been going on for nearly eight years. The former Real Housewives of Orange County star was awarded $523,250 in damages after she sued Jay Photoglou for defamation in 2010, according to court documents obtained by The Blast.

She claimed he lied about her cheating on her late fiancé Jeff Beitzel with him. Gretchen also claimed that he threatened her and stole her personal property, including nude photos that were released online.

After Gretchen was awarded $523,250 in damages, Photoglou reportedly filed for bankruptcy in 2012 and "attempted to have the judgment discharged as part of his case," according to the media outlet. However, the court documents state that he cannot use his bankruptcy filing to have that judgment discharged.

“IT IS ORDERED: That the CA Court Judgment for the Intentional Infliction of Emotional Distress and Conversion for $500,000 in compensatory damages and $23,000 in punitive damages is non-dischargeable,” the court documents read.

“I decided enough was enough and to stand up against this individual,” Gretchen told PEOPLE in a statement about the recent ruling. “I fought this fight not only for myself, but for all the women out there who have been harassed or threatened and for those who were too afraid to speak up, or could not have their voice heard. For those who did not have the financial means to fight, and for those who have been hurt or damaged because of individuals who think this is okay to do this to women.”

Rossi took to Twitter to thank fans for their support, such as in this message. "Moral of the story: Don’t mess with me, because I will ALWAYS FIGHT FOR WHAT IS RIGHT #Thankyouforthelove."

Source/Photo Credit: Bravo