Gretchen Rossi Is "Appalled and Disgusted" by Brooks Ayers' Cancer Treatment Lies

Former RHOC star weighs in on Vicki Gunvalson's scandal

By Beth Sobol, Francesca Bacardi Nov 12, 2015 8:15 PMTags
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Gretchen Rossi lost fiancé Jeff Beitzel to cancer, so Brooks Ayers' lies are not sitting too well with the former Real Housewives of Orange County star.

Ever since E! News confirmed Ayers lied about his cancer treatment, co-stars, family members and more have sounded off about his lies, and now Rossi tells E! News in an exclusive statement that she was nothing but horrified when she found out the truth.

"Being that I watched my fiancé take his last breath as he passed away from cancer, I am appalled and disgusted that anyone would lie or makeup false documents about a very serious disease that millions are fighting against for their lives everyday," she says.

Beitzel lost his battle with leukemia in 2008, and even though Rossi has found love with Slade Smiley, she still makes it known that she holds Beitzel in her heart. On the sixth anniversary of his death, Rossi posted a heartfelt tribute to her former love.

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"Six years today since this wonderful man left this earth to go to heaven. He was such a loving good man who taught me so much about life, and despite all the lies and stories that were told about us, what matters is what he and I knew about our love," she wrote on Instagram.

Rossi is also keeping Vicki Gunvalson in her heart and thoughts because she believes Ayers' ex-girlfriend was conned.

"Furthermore, I feel bad for Vicki as she was duped or unaware of this sick game he was playing with her," she adds.

Even Vicki's brother, Bill Steinmetz, was "astonished" by how far Brooks was willing to go. I'm floored that he would bring paperwork with him that's false," he told us. "I don't understand the thought process."

Ayers told us Wednesday that he made the fake documents "in hopes of putting doubts about my cancer to rest," adding, "I never intended to disclose my actual medical records or details about my private and personal medical history, thus the rationalization of presenting documents that weren't true simply for a 'storyline' for the show."

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