Slade Smiley, who appeared as Jo De La Rosa’s fiancé in season one of “Housewives,” was arrested Friday in Costa Mesa. Smiley was arrested for unpaid child support. He had an outstanding, $10,000 warrant for civil contempt. He was released later that day on a $10,000 bond.
On Monday, Smiley, 40, issued a statement. He said he was unaware of the warrant until his arrest took place. The warrant was procured by the mother of Smiley’s son, Grayson, who suffers from a rare form a brain cancer. In his statement, Smiley said: “This is an unfortunate situation that has occurred. My son is very ill and we have been working on resolving the issue of support vs. his enormous medical bills with the appropriate agencies for several months now. It is sad that individuals would take advantage of the situation in an attempt to defame and discredit me in such a public manner. For those who know me, there is nothing more important than my children.”
Slade’s says he was “unaware” that the warrant existed until he was arrested. The warrant had to do with money he owed to Grayson’s mother, to help with his son’s medical bills who has been suffering from a rare form of brain cancer for several years. Smiley has two sons, Grayson and Gavin, from two previous relationships.
Meanwhile, some blogs have been accusing Slade of shacking up with the much-hated Housewife Gretchen Rossi, alleging that the cops came looking for him at her house.