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Bethenny Rips Into Stepdad: YOU’RE ABUSIVE!

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Bethenny Frankel ripped into her stepdad, John Parisella, in a recent barrage of texts, obtained exclusivel­y by Life & Style. “You physically attacked me, verbally abused me, beat my mother senseless,” reads one series of texts sent by Bethenny referencin­g her childhood. (John divorced Bethenny’s mom, Bernadette Birk, during the reality star’s teens.) “I have had enough abuse.” John, who reunited with Bethenny during a 2015 episode of Real Housewives of New York City after a 20-year estrangeme­nt, admits to Life & Style that he “slapped or pushed” Bernadette long ago while he was abusing cocaine. But he denies ever abusing Bethenny. “I get these texts, making up lies that I hit her, I’m stalk- ing her,” says John, 73. He also says Bethenny, 46, is not truthful about her upbringing and downplays his financial support. “Her whole career was based on lies,” he says. “She lived in a milliondol­lar house, she went to all private schools. I was the one that spent $50,000 on a Sweet 16 party.” Bernadette isn’t surprised at the ugly exchange, which started when John asked Bethenny if she would attend his daughter’s wedding. “John and I had a volatile relationsh­ip, and he did hit me,” she tells Life & Style. “But I never saw John raise his voice, let alone his hand, against Bethenny.” Still, Bethenny isn’t backing down, making clear that John is no longer welcome in her life. “Leave me alone,” she wrote, “now and forever.”

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Life & Style. John (inset, with young Bethenny) got into a nasty text exchange (below) with Bethenny. “It was just the ugliest text I’ve ever seen in my life,” John tells Bethenny unloads!
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