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Christina Ricci obtains restraining order against her husband

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Adrian Cunningham | 24 January, 2021, 01:40

Christina Ricci this week obtained a protection order against her husband James Heerdegen, whom she accuses of domestic violence.

Court documents have revealed Christina Ricci's claims of abuse during the family's Kiwi holiday.

Last July 2020, news broke that "The Smurfs" star filed for divorce from her husband, which would end their seven years of marriage. Recently, Heedergen's attorney told a source that the actor has denied all the allegations of physical and emotional abuse made by his wife in 2020. After the second incident, during which Heerdegen allegedly spat on her and threw a chair, Ricci said that she contacted emergency services and was subsequently granted a protective order against Heerdegen.

In a statement, Bakman said his client would be "filing a competing request for a domestic violence restraining order against Ms. Ricci detailing her abusive conduct fueled in part by alcohol and substance abuse". This incident convinced her that she needed to file for divorce, which she did.

Christina Ricci (left) claims her husband, James Heerdegen, physically abused her during their marriage.

The 40-year-old Casper star claims that Heerdegen's abuse began in December 2019, at which point she told him she wanted a divorce, though when the COVID-19 lockdown began in March, she "found herself trapped in a house with a violent abuser".

A judge has yet to rule on Heerdegen's request for a restraining order.

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Throughout the pandemic, Christina claims James would have "focused only on punishing and terrorizing me around the clock", adding, "I was afraid to sleep at night".

"He grabbed my wrists and my hands, dragged me and slammed my body into the fire pit we have in the backyard", Christina wrote in her file.

She went on to describe during her court filing that Heerdegen physically attacked her twice in June, even preventing her from calling 911 after a very aggressive argument.

"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 kitchen knives from where we were staying. I had cuts, bruises and pain in my hip, injuries that I still suffer from today, "she explained".

The Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas actress recounted a New Zealand getaway wherein her then-husband allegedly "said the only way he could feel sorry for me is if I were dismembered into small pieces". The restraining order claims "many of these acts of abuse" took place in front of the boy, Freddie.

The court documents detail Ricci's fear that Heerdegen will harm their son, claiming that he has allegedly threatened to "abduct" the boy. Numerous incidents, she alleges, happened in front of their young son, too.