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John Janssen Sues Ex Shannon Beador for $75K She Allegedly Borrowed for Facelift (Exclusive)

Beador and Janssen dated for three and half years before splitting in January 2023

Astrid Stawiarz/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images Shannon Storms Beador and John Janssen
Astrid Stawiarz/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images Shannon Storms Beador and John Janssen

Shannon Storm Beador’s relationship with John Janssen is costing her more than just heartache.

On Wednesday, the Real Housewives of Orange County star’s ex-boyfriend filed a lawsuit in Orange County Superior Court against her for breach or oral contract and promissory fraud, among other things, to recover $75,000 he claims she failed to repay him.

In the complaint, obtained by PEOPLE, Janssen, 61, alleges that Beador, 59, turned to him for financial support in early 2022, borrowing $40,000 via wire transfer on Jan. 23, 2022 for a facelift procedure. Then, on May 20, 2023, he gave her another $35,000 via personal check.

<p>Albert L. Ortega/Getty</p> Shannon Beador and John Janssen attend The Fashion Life Tour during Los Angeles Fashion Week at Alexandria Hotel on October 8, 2022 in Los Angeles, California.

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Shannon Beador and John Janssen attend The Fashion Life Tour during Los Angeles Fashion Week at Alexandria Hotel on October 8, 2022 in Los Angeles, California.

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In both instances, Janssen claims in the docs, Beador agreed to pay back the loan with interest. But despite multiple requests in 2023 and 2024, Janseen claims she has yet to.

Janssen is seeking the full amount, plus accrued interest, costs, and reasonable attorneys’ fees.

Beador sent the following statement to PEOPLE on Friday in response to Janssen's lawsuit:

"I am shocked and disappointed that John has a filed a lawsuit. My attorney has been in constant communication with his counsel. I agreed to pay John what he wanted because I knew that attorneys fees would surpass the amount sought, but more importantly to eliminate the negative emotional components that come with a lawsuit. It is important that I continue to focus on the positive aspects of my life and move forward," the statement read.

"John declined the offer because he refused to sign a mutual non-disparagement agreement. I was hoping that if I met his baseless demand we could at least use this as an opportunity to bring complete closure to this chapter in my life," the statement concluded.

The suit will come as a surprise to RHOC fans, who have heard through Beador in the past that Janssen was financially dependent on her during their time together.

She’s also said, according to Janssen’s council, that the money was a “gift” — something her ex disputes and allegedly has proof of otherwise.

Related: Shannon Beador Calls Out Ex's Hypocrisy for Dating Alexis Bellino — and How the RHOC Alum 'Devastated' Her

“Ms. Beador’s defense that Mr. Janssen paid her the $75,000 as a ‘gift’ is completely meritless, which their e-mails and text messages will show,” Edson K. McClellan, Rutan & Tucker LLP, tells PEOPLE. “Mr. Janssen is saddened that Ms. Beador’s unwillingness to repay the loans made it necessary to file this lawsuit.”

Janssen and Beador dated for three and a half years. He pulled the plug on their romance in November 2022, a week after filming wrapped on season 17 of the hit Bravo series. The two remained friends but stopped speaking in late September, not long after her she was arrested for a DUI.

He’s since moved on, finding love with Beador’s now-costar Alexis Bellino, 47. The two met through mutual friends in November 2023. PEOPLE confirmed the two were dating that December, sharing an exclusive photo of them posing arm in arm.

Related: Alexis Bellino and John Janssen Talk Romance Backlash During Red Carpet Debut: 'Take Us or Leave Us' (Exclusive)

Todd Williamson/Bravo via Getty Images Shannon Storms Beador and John Janssen
Todd Williamson/Bravo via Getty Images Shannon Storms Beador and John Janssen

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That same month, Beador slammed Janssen in the press for dating Bellino, telling E! News in December that she's "hurt" and still trying to figure out "how to process" their romance after Janssen told her he didn't want to be in the public eye anymore.

But Janssen insists his romance with Bellino is not about fame. “I've been accused of wanting to be in front of the camera, but you'll have to watch the show and see if that's true," he told PEOPLE earlier this month at the DIRECTV Streaming with the Stars Oscars viewing party, where he and Bellino made their red carpet couple debut.

"You won't really see him,” Bellino said. “We're focused on each other and our future, not a show. And we couldn't be happier or more in love."

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