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January 28, 2013

#RHOM's Lisa Hochstein speaks out on controversial blog commenter lawsuit

Real-Housewife-of-Miami-Lisa-Hochstein-Sues-Internet-Commenter-2Real Housewives of Miami's Lisa Hochstein experienced little controversy during her freshman season on the Bravo franchise other than some pesky preservation issues involving her cavernous Star Island estate. Only now that the show has ended is Hochstein in the news, this time sharpening her legal claws and suing a woman who made a comment about her on a reality TV blog.

Hochstein claims that Jessica Lederman's comments that she "was an escort who also did soft porn in Vegas," caused her severe emotional distress and has damaged and threatened her employment and social life. She is suing Lederman for over $15,000, says TMZ. We spoke to Hochstein, who admitted that the controversy over the lawsuit, filed quietly a few months ago has taken her by surprise.

"This was filed a while ago and somehow it surfaced. This isn't something I was going to publicize. It's not the kind of exposure I was looking to get. I do want to put out there that I get it, that I'm out there on TV and there's gonna be anonymous bloggers and posters who will say what they want about me," Hochstein said.

"This person is an acquaintance we've invited in our home and who has smiled in our faces. She had no shame in saying these horrible things. If you are going to put something that nasty, saying someone's an escort, a porn star, that's a big deal to me I want to have a family. The fact that she knows me and I've seen her in my home, well, it just sits the wrong way . I'm not going to go after every blogger and commenter out there. Trust me, I've been called way worse. I have thick skin as part of this whole show, but this really struck a chord. I didn't want it to get out of hand and I'm all for freedom of speech, but when you know someone personally and act like you're friendly with them and then go making an accusation like that, it's a big deal. What have I done to her? "

When we asked her how, exactly, the comments affect her employment, the former model turned housewife explained that "People are still looking to use me as brand ambassador and people who think I am a hooker, an escort . . .it's a bad look....I don't go patrolling for these things. I don't take myself that seriously, but it just rubbed us the wrong way. Maybe [the lawsuit] could have been a little extreme, but at the time we felt it was something we needed to do."

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Sara

Can I ask you for a favor please.
I am a small time Blogger; I have ads on my blog that I depend on to make a little money to compensate my expenses and time that I put into my blog. I was able to build my own following with out stealing anyone's work.
The blog called All About The Real Housewives which is allabouttrh.com
The whole blog consists of copy and paste from sites around the internet as they did to your site with this particular article; http://www.allabouttrh.com/lisa-hochstein-reveals-details-of-her-lawsuit-the-woman-she-is-suing-is-an-acquaintance/ they copied and pasted your article of its entirety.
I assure you this is no rookie mistake. The site has been up for over a year and on the "Contact" http://www.allabouttrh.com/contact-us/ page it states:
"Interested in advertising or submitting stories? Have any questions and concerns? Feel free to email me at AllAboutTRH@yahoo.com or follow us on twitter just Click Here

Copyright 2012: Content cannot be copied or reposted without prior written consent by the admin. Partial reposting is permitted with a link back to the original article. For consent, questions or comments email AllAboutTRH@yahoo.com"

I have requested via email and comments that she follow her own rules and to stop stealing. She thinks she is doing a service by providing a trackback url and "crediting the source"; as you know she isnt. They have ads on their site they know how the system works. My last article they hi jacked all track backs from her (the work she stole from me, it was an exclusive and it cleary stated "partial reposting is fine.. etc. but they still copied the whole thing) were all under 10 seconds and since the "blogger" is known to copy, paste ALL & post; my stats were low for that post. And it was another exclusive.
What I wanted to ask you is; since you're a larger network, could you please confront these bloggers, Roxanne and Joel and call them out for doing this to your article and maybe they will stop. I have tried everything possible. I even have grounds to sue her and collect monetary damages, but who wants to sue people. We all work hard to get our exclusives and it is a smack in the face to do what this Blogger does meanwhile she can't follow her own rules. I have used things from this site in the past and wouldn't dare to ever steal your work or anyone's else's for that matter. I never copy and paste more than 1/4 and if the article is one paragraph (give or take) I just link.
The only reason her site is popular b/c she copies everyone else's stuff and its easy for people to read there. I even do of my self at times. Please confront her for doing this to you.

Actually I looked again, you guys got lucky, they left a few sentences out.

Lesley Abravanel

Hey Sara--thanks for the heads up. Seems that they read this because they credited us for the story this time.

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