Credit: Craig Barritt/Getty Images Photo: Tamra Barney at the 2013 Bravo Upfront on April 3, 2013

Update: Tamra tweeted that the first she'd heard of this was via Twitter. "wow news to me!" she wrote. "haha he puts it on line before I even get it...sounds like someone is dying for some attention. Lmao." 

The epic struggle between Real Housewives of Orange County star Tamra Barney and her first husband, Darren Vieth, is now heating up, with Darren taking legal action against his ex-wife.

Darren just served Tamra with a cease and desist, threatening legal action if the reality star doesn't stop talking about him. Darren’s attorney, Peter R. Nasmyth, issued the legal letter on Wednesday in an effort to "resolve a series of disturbing incidents" in which he says Tamra made "several defamatory statements" about Darren via Twitter on or about July 16-18.

"First, Mr. Vieth demands that you immediately refrain, case and desist from issuing further defamatory and libelous correspondence of this type," the attorney writes. "Second, Mr. Vieth demands that you issue an immediate retraction of the libelous statements, and forward the retraction to each and every individual or entity that received publication of the libelous material."

What?! That's a little crazy and over-the-top, don't you think? But looking back for Tamra's old tweets, it looks like they have been deleted. "Failure to take immediate action will result in Mr. Vieth exploring all available remedies including the filing of a complaint for damages against you in Superior Court," the threatening letter reads.

And it doesn't sound like Darren or his lawyer will be taking it easy on Tamra. "Be advised that this office will require a full retraction of all statement included in your social media posts concerning Mr. Vieth for the month of July 2013," the cease and desist reads. "In addition to the above, we will require your written assurances that you will forever refrain from continuing the pattern of disparagement of which you have previously engaged."

According to the letter, Tamra has a deadline of August 9 to get all this done.Darren’s attorney gave a deadline of August 9, 2013.

Source: Radar Online