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Tamra Barney's son defends her; slams her ex-husband for years of abuse

Tamra Barney's oldest son, Ryan Vieth, has come out in her defense. As reported by All Things Real Housewives on Thursday, April 24, the "Real Housewives of Orange County" star's son blasted Tamra's ex-husband and his former stepfather, Simon Barney, for accusing Tamra of being a horrible mother. Ryan wrote that it is Simon who is the monster and that both he and Tamra suffered from his physical and verbal abuse for years.

TV personality Tamra Barney attends Family Equality Council's annual Los Angeles awards dinner at The Globe Theatre on February 8, 2014 in Universal City, California.
Photo by Imeh Akpanudosen

Ryan wrote a lengthy message on his Facebook account, saying that he wasn't going to stay silent anymore and let Simon continue to destroy his mother. He said that having lived with Simon, he witnessed firsthand how controlling he is. According to him, Simon was verbally abusive to both him and Tamra for their entire relationship and that's why he promptly moved out when he came of age. He also let loose that Simon would beat Tamra, which he first witnessed when he was 11-years-old.

Ryan also claimed in his post that Simon really doesn't want full custody of his three half-siblings - he just wants to hurt Tamra as much as possible because he can't stand to see her happy with new husband Eddie Judge. As for the strained relationship between Tamra and her oldest daughter, Sidney, Ryan implied that this is not because she's a bad mom but because of Simon's interference. Ryan said that Simon caused problems between he and Tamra and now he's doing the same with Sidney.

Simon recently filed documents with the court seeking to modify their child custody agreement. Simon argued that he should have full custody of the kids because Tamra is a horrible mother, claiming that she doesn't even properly feed or bathe them. Tamra has since denied the claims, saying that they are "exaggerated and false and exaggerated." Both Tamra and Ryan believe that Simon leaked the story to the press to take her down.

Ryan Vieth is frequently seen on "The Real Housewives of Orange County" alongside his mother Tamra Barney. Tamra's three younger children, however, have been prevented from appearing on the show by Simon Barney, who maintains that their children find the show embarrassing.

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