Slade Smiley Confronted by Bill Collector on the Red Carpet: “Pay Your Child Support!” (UPDATE)
UPDATE: According to TMZ, Slade Smiley is considering legal action against his ex-girlfriend, Michelle Arroyo, for allegedly staging an angry public confrontation between Slade and a child support bill collector on Thursday night. “Slade is not a deadbeat dad and is making timely payments," his attorney tells TMZ. "We will be looking into this further and if Miss Arroyo did hire these clowns to harass Slade we will exercise all our rights including a restraining order if necessary." Salde's attorney also claims Arroyo has been keeping Slade from seeing their son, Grayson.
Things went from bad to worse last night when an enraged bill collector came at Real Housewives of Orange County couple Gretchen Rossi and Slade Smiley on the red carpet, demanding over $100K in back child support Slade allegedly owes to ex-girlfriend Michelle Arroyo.
As they were retiring for the night into their plush limo, the collector appeared out of nowhere, shouting at the reality stars: “Pay your child support! Your son has cancer,” referencing Slade’s son Grayson. As previously reported, Slade and Michelle’s now-11-year-old Grayson was diagnosed with diffuse fibrillary astrocytoma at age 6, and has undergone 11 surgeries since.
However, according to Slade’s ex Michelle, the collector had a few details wrong. In the footage caught by TMZ, the collector incessantly repeats that Slade needs to cough up $160,000, although Michelle told TMZ the actual total was more like $130,000, and she admittedly settled on $95,000.
Michelle also says Slade is making payments, slowly but surely. She claims he’s paying her $775 month. We tried contacting Gretchen via Bravo for comment, and the RHoOC star had no statement.
We’d say the whole scene was embarrassing for everybody.