Raquel Leviss Wants to ‘Punish’ Me With Lawsuit

Ariana Madix and her lawyers had some choice words for Raquel Leviss this week.

Back in February, Raquel filed a lawsuit against Ariana and her ex-boyfriend Tom Sandoval.

As you’re probably aware, Tom cheated on Ariana with Raquel, and the affair is still creating controversy on Vanderpump Rules.

Ariana Madix, Tom Sandoval, Raquel Leviss and Tom Schwartz at the Tom Sandoval &; The Most Extras performance at Hotel Cafe on November 14, 2021 in Los Angeles, California.
Ariana Madix, Tom Sandoval, Raquel Leviss and Tom Schwartz at the Tom Sandoval & The Most Extras performance at Hotel Cafe on November 14, 2021 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Araya Doheny/Getty Images)

Ariana found out about the affair when she caught sight of some incriminating footage on Sandoval’s phone.

Raquel is now accusing the former couple of revenge porn, intentional infliction of emotional distress, eavesdropping, and invasion of privacy.

Ariana Madix Claps Back at Raquel Leviss

But in new court documents obtained by Page Six, Ariana’s lawyers allege that Raquel “seeks to punish” and “blame Ms. Madix for the negative reaction [Leviss] received as a result of her affair with” Sandoval.

Ariana Madix attends the 2022 MTV Movie & TV Awards: UNSCRIPTED at Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, California and broadcast on June 5, 2022.
Ariana Madix attends the 2022 MTV Movie & TV Awards: UNSCRIPTED at Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, California and broadcast on June 5, 2022. (Photo by Emma McIntyre/Getty Images for MTV)

The documents allege that Raquel’s lawsuit is “an abuse of the legal process” and “does not seek
to vindicate any cognizable rights” but instead attempts to limit Ariana’s right to free speech.

Ariana’s lawyers claim that she was “devastated and immediately confronted” Sandoval about his affair.

She then sent Leviss a text that read, “you’re dead to me,” along with the video.

The attorneys note, however, that that was the only time that Ariana shared the footage with anyone.

Ariana Madix attends the Premiere Of Columbia Pictures' "Blumhouse's Fantasy Island" at AMC Century City 15 on February 11, 2020 in Century City, California.
Ariana Madix attends the Premiere Of Columbia Pictures’ “Blumhouse’s Fantasy Island” at AMC Century City 15 on February 11, 2020 in Century City, California. (Photo by Rodin Eckenroth/Getty Images)

Ariana Tells Her Side of the Story

In a court filing, Ariana says she didn’t “share or show any of the video footage she found” because Sandoval deleted it off her phone during their subsequent argument.

“I did not send the videos to anyone else … I only saw the video of [Leviss] masturbating in places secluded from others — alone in the bathroom stall and in the alley with Mr. Sandoval,” Leviss writes.

“A heated argument ensued between me and Mr. Sandoval, and Mr. Sandoval forcibly grabbed my phone from my hands, causing my credit cards and driver’s license to fall to the pavement,” she continues.

“I quickly grabbed my cards off the pavement and chased after Mr. Sandoval, who had further distanced himself from the club.

Tom Sandoval and Ariana Madix attend the 2022 iHeartRadio Music Awards at The Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California on March 22, 2022. Broadcasted live on FOX.
Tom Sandoval and Ariana Madix attend the 2022 iHeartRadio Music Awards at The Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California on March 22, 2022. Broadcasted live on FOX. (Photo by JC Olivera/Getty Images for iHeartRadio)

“By the time I caught up to him, Mr. Sandoval had deleted from my phone the videos I had recorded of the Facetime video.”

Leviss claims that Sandoval recorded her without her knowledge, but Tom’s lawyers insist that she created the footage in question and sent it to his phone.

“Based on Leviss’ own allegations, Sandoval merely saved private copies of the videos that Leviss had filmed and shared with him,” the filing reads.

Raquel Leviss attends CLD Pre-Coachella House on April 13, 2022 in Los Angeles, California.
Raquel Leviss attends CLD Pre-Coachella House on April 13, 2022 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Phillip Faraone/Getty Images for CLD PR)

“Sandoval’s response in the face of irrefutable evidence that will be presented in court is disturbing,” Raquel’s lawyers responded.

“Leveraging such claims for media attention and perpetuating victim-blaming is not just deplorable but actionable.”

It’s still unclear if this case will go to court, but it seems obvious that the Scandoval is far from over!

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