LOS ANGELES (LALATE EXCLUSIVE) – Are Vicki Gunvalson and Brooks Ayers both “celebrities”? They certainly think so. In new court documents obtained exclusively by LALATE today, Vicki Gunvalson, the original BravoTV housewife, and Brooks Ayers, who has appeared on RHOC for several seasons unaccredited, are telling a federal judge that they are celebrities and need protection from the “tabloids and other news” (whatever that means). But is Ayers really a “celebrity”?
Vicki and Brooks in documents filed this week asked a federal court in their ongoing Vodka litigation that all documents produced during discovery are to be kept confidential between the parties. While the request is not unusual, the description might be RHOC chatter conversation at Javiers.
The pair claim “Specifically, Victoria L. Gunvalson (“Gunvalson”) and David Brooks Ayers (“Ayers”) are celebrities, and tabloids and other news media have shown an interest in publishing information about their lives. In fact, certain private and confidential information about them has previously be obtained and published.”
The pair are specifically requesting, with opposing side’s agreement, that the court not allow anything during discovery, including (possibly videotaped) depositions to be allowed to be released to the news media. Such “items or information, regardless of the medium or manner in which it is generated, stored, or maintained (including, among other things, testimony, transcripts, and tangible things), that are produced or generated in disclosures or responses to discovery in this matter, including deposition testimony.” The trial is expected to start next year.