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Hospital Denies 'Real Housewives' Star Received Cancer Treatment

The Huffington Post The Huffington Post 10/11/2015 Stephanie Marcus
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If you've been following the drama surrounding "Real Housewives of Orange County" star Brooks Ayers alleged battle with cancer, it's about to get even more sensational. 

Ayers' ex-girlfriend and long-time cast member Vicki Gunvalson recently alleged that Ayers had lied about his diagnosis. In what appears to be a damning turn of events, a representative for City of Hope medical center told E! News that Ayers was never treated for cancer at their facility. This comes a week after Ayers sat down with E! News in an attempt to quiet naysayers by providing what appeared to be a $30,000 bill from the medical center.

The hospital's statement, coupled with the fact that E! had previously pointed out some stark discrepancies in Ayer's bill compared to one of a confirmed patient, seems to support Gunvalson's allegations. 

Ayers first revealed his battle with Stage 3 non-Hodgkin's lymphoma in October 2014, telling Radar Online that that he had been diagnosed with the "aggressive and fast-moving" cancer in late 2013.

Speculation that Ayers faked the diagnosis became a central plot point this season on the reality show. In early October, Gunvalson's daughter Briana Culberson (an ER nurse) revealed that when she first met him, he spoke of having pancreatic cancer, and when she pressed him for details using her medical knowledge, he later admitted he had pancreatitis -- which is a far cry from cancer. 

While Ayers has repeatedly stated that he's telling the truth, E! News notes that co-stars Meghan Edmond, Heather Dubrow, Tamara Judge and Shannon Beador have each expressed doubt.

A rep for Ayers did not immediately respond to The Huffington Post's request for comment, and a rep for Bravo declined to comment. A 30-minute "tell-all" special is scheduled to air Nov. 12, in which Bravo's Andy Cohen will confront Ayers. 

 

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