Tamra Barney is currently embroiled in a legal battle with a ghost writer called Heather Hummel – but what’s the background on this story?
Heather Hummel sued Tamra in small claims court for breach of contract, claiming Tamra never gave her the material needed for a book she agreed to help write. She was therefore unable to meet the publisher’s deadlines. A judge sided with Heather and ordered Tamra to pay $3,000.
But a source close to both Tamra and Heather exclusively set the record straight to us and says there is a lot more to this story that meets the eye.
“Heather wanted this book to relaunch her career, she wanted to be on TV. She told me she was going to get a makeover and all this other stuff but when she found out Bravo decided not to include her parts in Real Housewives of Orange County she got angry.
“Tamra paid her $4,000 for a book outline and sample chapters – as agreed. The point of the book was a self-help book for women going through divorce. The voice was supposed to be a cross between Jenny McCarthy and something more serious, because it was such a bad time for Tamra (when she was divorcing Simon Barney). But that’s not what Heather wrote, it was more like a Housewives fan book. It didn’t even sound like Tamra. Heather got pissed off and refused to make the changes Tamra requested, unless she was paid $14,000 for it.
Tamra refused, so Heather sued for $10,000 and won $3,000. She is an opportunist who desperately wanted the Real Housewives to make her famous. Tamra is seriously considering appealing the sentence because she has now paid $7,000 for a terrible book.”
RumorFix reached out to Tamra Barney, who tells us she can’t comment on an ongoing court case.