Christina Ricci’s estranged husband, James Heerdegen, has filed a temporary retraining order against the actress for claiming to be a drunk and addicted to taking pills.
In court documents obtained by DailyMail.com, Heerdegen claims that in front of him and their six-year-old son Freddie, Ricci would go into drunken rage, black out, and then have no idea what she was doing when she eventually showed up.
Heerdegen also claims that he had to check their son’s baby bottles after expressing her breast milk for fear it might be contaminated with alcohol she drank the night before.
Prior to our divorce in June 2020, [Ricci] would drink excessively almost daily, causing her to engage in emotionally abusive and abusive behavior directed against me, with the applicant typically calling me a ‘fu ** ing cu * t’ during her tirades and raves, he wrote in the filing.
Heerdegen claimed that Ricci would “typically” black out after excessive drinking and upon awakening has no recollection of the events and / or the abusive behavior she had engaged in. ”
The filing comes after Ricci explained how she once had to hide knives in the house because she feared Heerdegen might kill her after allegedly saying that he would only feel sorry for her if she was ‘torn into little pieces’.
A judge this week granted Ricci a restraining order against her Heerdegen.
Christina Ricci has been given a restraining order after accusing her now estranged husband James Heerdegen of physically abusing her. They are pictured in January 2019
The documents also include messages between Ricci and Heerdegen apologizing for her alleged outbursts.
“I get it this time,” Ricci writes. “This morning there was a huge warning.”
The 40-year-old actress has also accused Heerdegen of beating her, throwing her in a fire pit and mocking her with pig noises before filing for divorce last June.
Ricci’s allegations were included in a petition for a restraining order against Heerdegen, which a judge approved late on Wednesday.
Pictures of bruises on her hands, wrists and arms were included in the court documents, which were obtained by TMZ, as evidence of Heerdegen’s alleged abuse.
As a result, a judge ordered Heerdegen to stay at least 100 yards from Ricci and their son Freddie. He also cannot visit the boy and must stay away from the family dog.
Photos of bruises on her hands, wrists and arms were included in court documents obtained by TMZ as evidence of Heerdegen’s alleged abuse.
Her attorney, Larry Bakman, said his client “unequivocally denies all allegations of abuse by Ms. Ricci.”
He said Heerdegen, who works as a cameraman, is planning to file his own restraining order against Ricci claiming he will reveal “her abusive behavior fueled by alcohol and substance abuse.”
In the filing, Ricci claimed that the alleged abuse at the hands of Heerdegen had started in late 2019.
During a family vacation in New Zealand that year, the Addams Family star claimed she feared Heerdegen might “ kill me ” because of comments he made.
“He said the only way he could feel sorry for me was if I was chopped into little pieces,” Ricci claimed in the filing.
‘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 with Freddie in a separate bedroom and locked the door. ‘
She claims Heerdegen “ brutally ” assaulted her in December 2019, where he allegedly hit her, spat at her and mocked her with pig noises.
This incident was what Ricci said led to her decision to divorce her eight-year-old husband.
Painful: The actress, 40, gave evidence of her injuries, which she said were the result of Heerdegen’s attacks, after she was ‘trapped in a house with a violent abuser’ during the lockdown
Injuries: Ricci, who is represented by attorney Samantha Spector, filed court photos of bruises and other injuries she believes were the result of Heerdegen’s attacks on her
Ricci claims she told Heerdegen she wanted a divorce, but this was hampered by the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in March when the first quarantines were instituted.
She said in the complaint that she found herself “stuck in the house with a man who had abused me physically and emotionally, and knew I wanted to end the marriage.”
Ricci claims that Heerdegen “focused exclusively on punishing and terrorizing me 24 hours a day … I was afraid of sleeping at night. ‘
The filing describes two cases in June where Heerdegen allegedly physically assaulted her.
The first was June 2 when she alleged that Heerdegen had allegedly chased her around their house to avoid calling 911.
“He took my wrists and hands, dragged me, and hit my body in the hearth we have in the yard,” she said in the filing. “I got cuts, bruises and pain in my hip that still hurts me today.”
The couple got married in 2013 after two years of dating. Ricci filed for divorce in June 2020, citing irreconcilable differences as the reason why she wants to end the marriage. They are pictured in February 2019
The second took place on June 25, when Ricci claimed her estranged husband followed her around the house as he “ yelled at me, spit on me, threw coffee at me and threw a chair at me ” for their son.
She called 911 in which case received an emergency protection order against him that forbade any contact between the couple.
The court documents describe Ricci’s fear that Heerdegen will harm their son and claims that he threatened to ‘kidnap’ the boy.
In addition to the restraining order she had requested, Ricci also asked the court to block Heerdegen’s possible attempts to “ humiliate and embarrass her ” with audio and video clips he collected during their relationship.
The couple got married in 2013 after two years of dating. They met on the set of ABC’s Pan Am.
Ricci filed for divorce in June 2020, citing irreconcilable differences as the reason why she wants to end the marriage.
She only asks for custody of their only son.