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Judge Denies Jim Bellino's Demand For Tamra Judge's Texts In Million Dollar Legal Battle

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Oct. 22 2018, Updated 5:22 p.m. ET

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A judge has denied Real Housewives of Orange County star Jim Bellino his motion for discovery in the million dollar legal battle against Tamra Judge and Shannon Beador. Read on to find out why.

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Radar Online exclusively reported on Monday that Judge Layne H. Melzer ruled against this motion on Thursday, October 18th, which included texts between Tamra and comedian Heather McDonald.

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The judge claimed that under California law, all requests for discovery must be placed on hold after a party files an anti-SLAPP motion, which is a motion to strike a complaint due to freedom of speech. “As a result, a plaintiff who brings a defamation action subject to the malice standard cannot show good cause for discovery on the question of actual malice without making a prima facie showing first that the defendant’s published statements contain provably false factual assertions,” he wrote.

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Jim sued both Tamra and her RHOC costar Shannon Beador back in September and accused them of defamation when they trashed his family on Heather's podcast.

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This included them spreading lies that his divorce from Alexis was fake, making claims about his trampoline business and much, much more.

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Jim and Alexis filed back in June after 13 years of marriage and reached a settlement in late August, according to court docs. He is seeking $1 million dollars for the damage Tamra and Shannon allegedly caused his life.

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Do you think the judge was right to shut down Jim's motion? Sound off in the comments. 

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