updated 05/30/2014 AT 12:20 PM ET
•originally published 05/30/2014 AT 1:10 PM ET
Bethenny Frankel painted a dark picture in court on Wednesday of what it was like to live with her ex, Jason Hoppy, after their split.
During the couple’s bitter custody battle over their 4-year-old daughter Bryn, Frankel called living with Hoppy post-split “brutal, horrendous, excruciating he would not let me be alone with Bryn in the apartment.”
She added that her ex would “stare at me with a menacing face.” And if she was bathing Bryn, he would stand in the room with his arms crossed, and if she was in bed with Bryn, he would also climb into bed, she says.
Frankel, 43, said she finally “cracked” and got a temporary apartment in Tribeca. “It feels like living in a hotel,” she said.
She also stopped picking up and dropping off Bryn with Hoppy. “Now I ask [my assistant] Leslie to do the exchange, because Jason will make faces at me and say [to Bryn], ‘I’m sorry you have to go with Mommy.’ I don’t think it’s good for Bryn to be around that kind of stress and anxiety.”
Frankel also claimed Hoppy wrongly accused her of withholding medicine from Bryn, taking sleeping medications while caring for the girl and endangering her by taking her to work events – like a QVC appearance, which the star said lasted “approximately seven minutes.”
Beyond those experiences, Frankel claims Hoppy even mistreated her dog.
“I found out that Jason locked Cookie in the storage unit in our apartment with her dog bed and bowl,” she said.
That same night, while Frankel was out, Hoppy put the dog in a bag, hailed a cab, dropped the pup off at a dog hotel in New York City and “wouldn’t tell me or my assistant where she was until after midnight,” Frankel added.
For Hoppy’s part, his lawyer, Bernard Clair, has told the judge in court, “Bethenny Frankel’s priority is Bethenny Frankel. In pursuit of career success, she has used the child as a prop.”
Clair also charges that Frankel is trying to “relegate the father of her child to a walking sperm bank.”