Christina Ricci obtains restraining order in opposition to estranged husband James Heerdegen citing ‘bodily and emotional abuse’


Christina Ricci has obtained a short lived restraining order in opposition to her estranged husband, James Heerdegen, citing home violence.The Mermaids, The Addams Family and Sleepy Hollow actress, who filed for divorce from the cinematographer in July, alleged “severe physical and emotional abuse” that has left her fearing for her life and that of her 6-year-old son Freddie, say paperwork filed Wednesday and obtained by TMZ and People. A choose granted Ricci’s request, and Heerdegen should keep 100 yards away from her and has no visitation rights with son. He should additionally keep away from the household’s canine.Christina Ricci (Photo: REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni)Ricci’s lawyer has not but responded to Yahoo Entertainment’s request for remark. Heerdegen’s lawyer informed TMZ that his shopper “unequivocally denies all allegations of abuse made by Ms. Ricci as having occurred in 2020.” The lawyer added that they plan to file for their very own restraining order in opposition to Ricci “detailing her abusive conduct fueled by alcohol and substance abuse. His papers will also include documentation that Ms. 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.”Wednesday’s submitting included a sequence of pictures of Ricci’s alleged accidents, together with black and blue marks and cuts on her fingers and up and down her arms.In her declaration, Ricci, 40, claimed that alleged abuse began as quickly as she discovered she was pregnant together with her solely baby in October 2013 — which can also be the month they have been married.After that, she claimed she began to suppose he “could kill me,” recalling an incident in which : ”he said the only way he could feel sorry for me is if I were dismembered into small pieces.” It led her to cover “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.”Christina Ricci and James Heerdegen attend the 27th annual Elton John AIDS Foundation Academy Awards Viewing Party sponsored by IMDb and Neuro Drinks celebrating EJAF and the 91st Academy Awards in 2019. (Photo: Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for EJAF)She said the physical abuse began on Dec. 16, 2019, when Heerdegen “brutally attacked” her.Story continuesRicci claimed that the coronavirus pandemic kept her from leaving Heerdegen sooner. While she wanted to file for divorce months after the alleged attack, she found herself “stuck in the house with a man who had physically and emotionally abused me, and knew that I wanted to end the marriage.”She wrote that in the course of the spring, amid the pandemic, Heerdegen “focused solely on punishing and terrorizing me 24 hours a day.” Then on June 2, she claimed Heerdegen “chased me through and out of the house” whereas making an attempt to take her telephone whereas she tried to name 911.”He grabbed my wrists and hands, dragged me, and slammed my body into the fire pit we have in the yard,” she wrote. “I suffered cuts, bruising, and soreness of my hip, which still causes me pain today.”There was a second incident on June 25, she claimed, when she mentioned Heerdegen adopted her round the home “screaming at me, spitting on me, throwing coffee at me, and throwing a chair at me” whereas their baby was current. After the second incident, wherein police have been referred to as however no arrests made, she filed for divorce and was granted an emergency protecting order in opposition to Heerdegen.In Wednesday’s submitting, Ricci mentioned their points have continued since she filed for divorce, claiming Heerdegen “continues to threaten to abduct” Freddie. Ricci additionally claims mistreatment to the household canine, writing that Heerdegen retains the pet leashed to a espresso desk when he has visitation with their son. The restraining order states has to keep away from the canine too.Further, she mentioned he grew to become “emotionally unhinged” this month after finding out she had been spending time with a male friend, sending “hostile textual content messages containing veiled threats to hurt my status within the media.” She requested that the court to stop Heerdegen from releasing private audio and video recordings of her.Ricci also asked the judge to grant a move out order, Heerdegen, who no longer lives with her, may “not return” to the home they shared. She additionally requested that he be required to attend a 52-week batterer intervention program and present proof of completion to the court docket.On Wednesday, one other doc was filed of their divorce by the choose ordering them to take part in mediation.The subsequent listening to of their divorce case pertains to the restraining order and is scheduled for March 10.For anybody affected by abuse and needing assist, name the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233, or if you happen to’re unable to talk safely, you’ll be able to log onto or textual content LOVEIS to 22522.Read extra from Yahoo Entertainment: