Bethenny Frankel Purchased NYC Loft In Her Assistant's Name

Property records show that Skinnygirl mastermind Bethenny bought her TriBeCa apartment in the name of Molly Hayden, her former assistant. reports, Molly Hayden worked with the TV star for two years and was featured on her reality TV shows.

Bethenny, 42, may own the property or at least the bulk of it, her estranged husband Jason, 41, will still be able to claim a share under New York law.

Meanwhile, Jason will not leave the marital home until a custody agreement for their two-year-old daughter Bryn is finalized, friends have revealed.

Bethenny would NOT be able to evict her husband, under New York law you can’t evict a spouse from a property that a spouse is living in unless there is violence.

The TriBeCa apartment was brought in the name of Molly Hayden and the MYC Trust and Bethenny and Jason are believed to have signed a pre-nup before their wedding in 2010.

Jason continues to wear his wedding ring – despite the fact the couple separated three months ago – and has made it clear that Bryn is his main concern.

The business mogul and Jason announced they were separating after two years of marriage in December.

The Real Housewives of New York star has since retained lawyer Aronson Mayefsky & Sloan, who helped Katie Holmes wrap up her divorce from Tom Cruise in under a month.

Bethenny is reportedly fighting Jason over custody of Bryn, ownership of their loft and any earnings she accumulated during their marriage.

She remains close friends with her former assistant Molly, which may explain why when Bethenny bought her sprawling apartment in August 2011, she chose to buy it in her name.

In January, she showed off her stunning 3,400-square-foot luxury apartment in the trendy Tribeca neighborhood, in the pages of Traditional Home magazine.

The couple gutted the property and Jason was in charge of the building work, while Bethenny hired New York designers and mother-daughter duo Mariette Himes Gomez and Brooke Gomez, nicknaming them the “Gomez Girls.”

The pièce de résistance is the for den-turned-master-closet. A cloverleaf-backed chair and mirrored dressing table vie for attention with an enviable collection of Manolos, Jimmy Choos, Valentinos, and Birkin bags.

Jason is still living at home with Bethenny and Bryn.

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