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Christina Ricci’s husband James Heerdegen files for restraining order amid domestic abuse allegations


James Heerdegen has filed for a temporary restraining order against estranged wife Christina Ricci (Picture: Michael Kovac/Getty Images for EJAF)

Christina Ricci’s estranged husband James Heerdegen has filed a temporary restraining order against the actress, the day after she obtained a restraining order against him.

In court documents obtained by DailyMail.com, the cinematographer has made claims that the actress allegedly got into ‘drunken rages in front of him and their six-year-old son Freddie.’

TMZ reports that the filmmaker claimed that alleged alcohol and substance fuelled abusive conduct which saw the Casper star reportedly ‘abuse him physically and verbally’ during quarantine.

His papers also reportedly include documentation that Ricci advised law enforcement in December 2019 that there had been no prior incidents of domestic violence between the couple, thereby calling into question her credibility’.

However, Ricci’s legal team have filed in opposition to Heerdegen’s request with claims the actress has ‘overwhelming evidence’ that he was the alleged abusive partner.

The actress reportedly claims to have an audio recording from June 2020 where James can be heard ‘terrorizing Christina’ and ‘violently assaulting her’.

It comes after Christina was obtained a restraining order against her ex amid claims he was abusive (Picture: Stefanie Keenan/Getty Images for W Magazine)

The 40-year-old actress filed a request for a domestic violence restraining order six months after she filed for divorce, according to People.

A judge granted the star’s request and Heerdegen must stay 100 yards away from Ricci, has no visitation rights with their son, and must stay away from the family dog, under the terms of the restraining order.

Heerdegen’s attorney Larry Bakman told TMZ that his client ‘unequivocally denies all allegations of abuse made by Ms. Ricci as having occurred in 2020’.

In the filing obtained by People, Ricci alleges that she was subjected to ‘severe physical and emotional abuse’ by her husband of nearly seven years, claiming that the alleged abuse started when she learned she was pregnant in October 2013.

James denies the allegations (Picture: Paul Marotta/Getty Images)

The Casper star wrote in her declaration: ‘He said the only way he could feel sorry for me is if I were dismembered into small pieces. That night I hid all the knives in the cabin where we were staying. I feared for my life and the life of our son. I slept in a separate bedroom with Freddie, and I locked the door.’

Ricci alleged that she was ‘brutally attacked’ by Heerdegen on December 16, 2019, and months later told her husband that she wanted a divorce.

However, lockdown began, and Ricci alleged that Heerdegen ‘focused solely on punishing and terrorising me 24 hours a day’.

The Addams Family star claims that Heerdegen chased her through the house as she tried to call 911 on June 2, and wrote: ‘He grabbed my wrists and hands, dragged me, and slammed my body into the fire pit we have in the yard. I suffered cuts, bruising, and soreness of my hip, which still causes me pain today.’

The actress alleges that her husband was abusive towards her and that she has picture and audio proof (Picture: David Crotty/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)

Following an incident on June 25, when Ricci alleges that Heerdegen threw a chair at her and spat at her in front of their son, she was granted an emergency protective order against her husband.

In the filing, Ricci claimed that Heerdegen has threatened to ‘abduct’ their son, and that she fears Heerdegen releasing private audio and video recordings of her.

Ricci has requested that Heerdegen be blocked from returning to the family home by court order, and that the court order Heerdegen to attend a 52-week batterer intervention programme. 

The pair met on the set of Pan Am in 2011 and announced their engagement in February 2013, going on to tie the knot in Manhattan in October of that year.

Their son Freddie was welcomed the following year. 

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