Did Bethenny Frankel Make Up 'Lost at Sea' Story?
Bethenny Frankel's Lost At Sea Story Is Part Of An Alternate Reality
Bethenny Frankel's harrowing tale of being lost at sea is a scam, according to the man who "saved" her -- Tim Russell.
In an interview with JewishJournal.com, Russell explains that there was never anything wrong with the boat Frankel was allegedly stranded on, a vessel owned by her therapist, Xavier Amador, who also happens to have 30 years of sailing experience, nor did it require towing to bring the group back to land.
"When the therapist called Tim [Russell] to help, he told them his exact coordinates, which he read off of the GPS system," writes Jewish Journal blogger Ilana Angel. "They did call the Coast Guard, and the USCG suggested he call a tow company because there was no danger."
Russell's wasn't even the first company called, another boat refused to meet Frankel's vessel because they asserted it wasn't an emergency.
"Tim was annoyed they wasted his time, and when they got back to shore, he saw it was a joke," says the website. "Bethenny got out of the boat and kissed the dock, but only after the [Bravo] crew got out of the boat to get the shot. It was faked for her reality show. None of it was real and everyone was fine."
Frankel has been getting a lot of mileage out of her "lost at sea" saga, even recounting the tale on Ellen and making Russell sound like a money-grubbing chump for claiming she should have tipped him. The Bethenny Ever After star went as far to cry to E! Online about what would have happened to her daughter if she and husband Jason Hoppy had never been "rescued."
"It was so scary," she said. "I was thinking 'Oh, my God, Bryn! I'm not going to be there at six o'clock in the morning when she wakes up and she's going to wonder where Mommy is and gosh, if something were to happento me, what would happen to her.' I was having horrendous thoughts."
This is the second controversy Frankel has found herself involved in regarding fraud -- in August Whole Foods removed her Skinny Girl beverages from their shelves after discovering their "all-natural" ingredients weren't so natural after all.