Credit: Vivian Zink/Bravo © NBC Universal, Inc. Photo: Brooks Ayers and Vicki Gunvalson in the Real Housewives of Orange County Season 7 Reunion, Part 1

Vicki Gunvalson runs a flourishing insurance company, but it’s her side business that’s reportedly encountered a very expensive problem.

According to court documents obtained by Radar Online, the Real Housewives of Orange County star and boyfriend Brooks Ayers are at the center of a lawsuit filed by Robert Williamson III, a partner in Vicki’s new business venture, Vicki’s Vodka.

Here’s the gist of the situation: Robert, a professional poker play in Las Vegas, agreed to invest $250,000 in Vicki Gunvalson’s new alcohol company, which was started in 2012. Without Robert’s knowledge, Vicki allegedly gave 16.67 percent of the business to Brooks as a gift. Brooks reportedly then turned to Robert to sell his gifted share for $50,000, claiming he needed the money for delinquent IRS and child support payments to avoid jail time. The agreement is documented in writing as having happened on March 6, 2013.

But the suit claims this deal was aimed at getting more money out of Robert “without the intent to honor the intent of the transaction.” This allegedly became clear when Vicki “demanded” ownership revert back to a 50-50 split between herself and Robert, despite contractual agreements.

“Upon information and belief, it was the intent of Brooks and Vicki to lure RW III into the purchase of Brooks interest without the good faith intent to move forward with the company and make it successful,” the lawsuit claims.

The suit also details how Vicki promised Robert that Vicki’s Vodka would be prominently featured in Real Housewives of Orange County Season 8, and she’d also promote the product on Watch What Happens Live as one of Andy Cohen’s guest bartenders and serve up the beverage.

Robert alleges Vicki served him with a cease and desist letter and made no further efforts to make the vodka company as successful as he was initially told it would be.

The lawsuit filed cites both Vicki and Brooks for breach of contract, commitment of fraud, failure to live up to good faith dealings, misrepresentation, and conspiracy to unjustly enrich themselves through this business deal.

Robert is seeking hundreds of thousands of dollars in damages, interest, and attorney’s fees as compensation for his troubles.

Wetpaint Entertainment will be following the story closely for more developments as they happen.

Source: Radar Online