March 10, 2023 | 3:54 p.m.
Tom Schwartz once claimed that Tom Sandoval forced him to kiss Raquel Leviss – when Sandoval and Leviss were already tangled in an affair that has since been exposed.
“Oh my God. [Sandoval] made me do it,” Schwartz told “ET Canada” in a recently resurfaced interview on Feb. 7 on the season 10 premiere night of “Vanderpump Rules.”
“I didn’t want to do it,” he continued. “He’s like, ‘If you don’t, you’re a wimp.’ …He steamrolled me.
At the time, Schwartz, 40, and Leviss, 28, were the center of attention for smooching at their co-star Scheana Shay’s wedding in August 2022.
The couple’s relationship did not sit well with Schwartz’s now ex-wife, Katie Maloney, who felt uncomfortable with him hooking up with another cast member.
However, many other cast members — including Sandoval — have openly expressed their support for Schwartz and Leviss’ romance.
Fast forward a few months, and Leviss found herself in hot water once again — this time for her banter with Sandoval.
Last week, the 40-year-old’s longtime girlfriend Ariana Madix dumped him after finding out he had been cheating on her with the former beauty pageant queen since at least July 2022.
Madix, 37, was watching the Sandoval cover band perform on March 1 when she came across a sexually explicit video of Leviss on her phone.
Leviss and Sandoval have since confessed their entanglement, but fans — and the “Pump Rules” cast — have taken note of Schwartz’s silence.
Kristen Doute and Lala Kent slammed Schwartz on Friday’s episode of Shay’s “Scheananigans” podcast for not publicly calling out Sandoval.
“Tom Schwartz is af-king py, and he needs to be a man,” Doute, 40, said.
“It’s like he can be honest with us in real time and text, ‘I can’t stand this’ or ‘I really feel like this’, but he doesn’t do anything about it,” a- she continued.
While it’s unclear exactly how long Schwartz knew about his best friend’s infidelity, Doute claimed he found out “a month ago” and wanted the adulterous pair out. clear before they “publicly humiliate the hell” of Madix.
Since the news broke on March 3, Bravo has resumed filming to capture the Scandoval spinoff until the highly anticipated reunion taping later this month.
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Things are expected to heat up between the cast, not all of whom have come face-to-face yet amid the drama.
“We need cages,” Shay, 37, said of the reunion on Friday. “Everyone needs their own bodyguard because phew.”
Kent, 32, agreed, adding that “security will certainly be tightened”.
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