Christina Ricci files restraining order against husband after New Zealand holiday

Brenda Watkins
January 24, 2021

Six months after filing for divorce, Christina Ricci was granted a request for a domestic violence restraining order against her estranged husband James Heerdegen on Tuesday.

In his court filing, James claims Christina was boozing hard during quarantine and would routinely abuse him physically and verbally while she was intoxicated. He must also stay away from the family's dog.

Ricci's attorney and representative did not immediately respond to Fox News' requests for comment. For his part, James Heerdegen "unequivocally denies all allegations of abuse made by Ms. Ricci", said his lawyer. Heerdegen filed for his order against the actress on Friday, claiming alcohol and substance abuse is fuelling her allegedly abusive conduct.

She claims Heerdegen "brutally attacked" her in December 2019 where he allegedly beat her, spat at her and mocked her with pig noises. She announced it in the summer of 2020.

The news outlet further reported that Ricci filed a declaration where she claimed that her husband said the only way he could feel sorry for her if she was dismembered into small pieces on their way to New Zealand for a family vacation. That night, I hid all the kitchen knives from where we were staying. She said it was "something that made me think that (he) could kill me". "I slept in a separate bedroom with Freddie, and I locked the door".

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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. But the coronavirus crisis got in the way, and Christina Ricci found herself "stuck at home with a man who had physically and emotionally abused me, and who knew I wanted to end the marriage." she continued.

Christina Ricci alleged that she was "afraid to sleep at night" while the couple was in lockdown together due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Back on June 2, Christina alleges that James "chased me through and out of the house" while she was trying to call 911. He grabbed her forcefully and slammed her body in the fire pit in their yard. "I had cuts, bruises and pain in my hip, which still hurts me today".

Several weeks later, Christina claims James chased her around the house again "all morning, screaming at me, spitting on me, throwing coffee at me, and throwing a chair at me" all while in the presence of their son Freddie. "Unfortunately, Ms. Ricci has a propensity to utilize the child as a pawn in order to punish and control James", Bakman stated.

Her husband, James Heerdegen, was not arrested, however "a report was accomplished". Heerdegen denies the allegations.

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