A judge has refused to order Avengers star Jeremy Renner to take drug tests called for by his ex-wife, Sonni Pacheco, who has accused him of getting drunk and high while their seven-year-old daughter Ava was with him.
The Oscar-nominated actor ‘has a long history of alcohol and drug abuse which has persisted since before the marriage, through divorce and post-judgment,’ blasted Pacheco in legal documents urging Los Angeles Superior Court to force him to be drug tested.
But after a closed-door hearing Monday in downtown LA, Judge Anne Richardson denied the Canadian-born actress’ request, ruling in a written order, ‘Court finds there are insufficient facts to order the drug test.’
It didn’t all go 49-year-old Renner’s way at the child custody hearing. The judge also ordered him to pay a ‘ reasonable fee’ of $40,000 toward’s Pacheco’s attorney expenses ‘within seven days.’
Jeremy Renner (center) appeared at LA court Monday, flanked by his therapist, Dr. Charles Sophy left and one of his attorneys for yet another hearing in his years-long custody battle
After a closed-door hearing Monday in LA, Judge Anne Richardson denied ex-wife Pacheco’s request to order Renner to take a drug test
Renner’s ex-wife Sonni Pacheco accuses him of getting drunk and high while their seven-year-old daughter Ava was with him. The exes are pictured together with their daughter in 2016
The former couple – he in a sharp, light brown suit, dark tie and blue mask and she wearing a black silk blouse, tight black jeans and a mask – avoided eye contact with each other as they filed into court with their attorneys.
Also with Renner in court yesterday was his therapist, Beverly Hills psychiatrist and ‘shrink to the stars,’ Dr. Charles Sophy, who counts rap mogul Dr. Dre and former Spice Girl Mel B among his high-profile patients.
After listening to a request from Renner’s attorney, Susan Wiesner, that the hearing should be sealed because much of the evidence was to be ‘confidential – including Renner’s medical records – LA Superior Court Judge Anne Richardson granted the request and ordered the press and public to leave.
But the judge’s two written orders after the two-hour hearing did at least shed some light on what happened behind the court’s locked doors: the drug test denial and the awarding to Pacheco of $40,000 in lawyer fees.
What the judge’s orders didn’t address though was Pacheco’s additional request to the court that Renner should also be ordered to submit to COVID-19 testing after she accused him of putting daughter Ava ‘at risk’ by partying mask-free with a string of young women.
The former model claimed last month that Renner had flown several pretty girls to his mansion in Reno, Nevada where they partied and shared photos of themselves wearing t-shirts emblazoned with ‘Camp Renner’ – but no masks.
The judge ruled in a written order, ‘Court finds there are insufficient facts to order the drug test’ and ordered him to pay Pachecho’s $40k lawyer fees
Pacheco previously claimed in documents obtained by DailyMail.com that Renner flew women out amid the pandemic and partied without a mask. One of the women who allegedly visited Renner, Kimia Hangafarin, posted this photo with Renner from the July 4 weekend
She also accused the Hollywood star of ‘flying back and forth to Reno during the stay-at-home orders’ with their daughter Ava. On of the women from the weekend posted this photo of Renner on his firetruck from their fourth of July weekend in Reno
Pacheco said an anonymous Instagram user sent her Instagram posts showing people at Jeremy’s house, including several young women pictured here allegedly wearing ‘Camp Renner’ shirts
‘I am very concerned that Jeremy is not practicing social distancing and is putting Ava (and me by virtue of our joint custody) at risk of being unnecessarily exposed to COVID-19 and request that he submit to testing,’ Pacheco, 29, said in court documents.
She maintained that the star flew with Ava, ‘back and forth to Reno during the stay-at-home orders.’
Renner has denied her accusations, telling DailyMail.com that Ava was not in Reno while the young women were there and that the star ‘has flown while complying with CDC recommendations’, and did so ‘just like hundreds of thousands of other people.’
Yesterday’s court hearing was the latest skirmish in a vicious child custody battle that has been raging for more than two years. Renner and Pacheco broke up in December 2014 after a marriage that lasted just 10 months and in April 2018 they agreed to share custody of Ava with Renner paying his ex $30,000 a month in child support plus up to $200,000 a year into Ava’s trust fund.
But their 50/50 custody arrangement quickly degenerated into finger-pointing and bitter court appearances. Pacheco asked the court to give her sole custody of Ava, saying Renner is an ‘unfit parent.’
She claimed that Ava told her that her father Renner bit her, leaving a mark on her shoulder, an allegation the actor denied, saying the mark was from a car seat belt that ‘pinched’ her.
Pacheco has accused Renner of regularly taking drugs while he was supposed to be looking after Ava, firing a gun in the house and threatening to kill himself while Ava slept
Renner met Pacheco in Vancouver on the set of Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol. They welcomed Ava in March of 2013 and tied the knot 10 months later, in January of 2014 but in December 2014 she filed for divorce
She also accused Renner of regularly taking drugs while he was supposed to be looking after Ava, firing a gun in the house and threatening to kill himself while Ava slept, and having a ‘revolving door’ of women partying and staying over while Ava was there.
Plus, she insisted that her ex hubby owed more than half a million dollars in spouse and child support.
Renner has fought back, saying Pacheco is ‘unstable’ and has mounted a campaign of lies to smear him and stop him from seeing his young daughter.
He also accused Pacheco of being motivated by revenge after he allegedly declined her overtures for the former couple to get back together.
In May, he claimed she had ‘misappropriated’ almost $50,000 from daughter Ava’s trust fund and he asked the court to reduce his $30,000 monthly payments to his ex to around $11,000, saying the coronavirus crisis has put a big dent in his movie income.
Renner’s lawyers accused Pacheco of using his court-ordered payouts to her as a ‘slush fund’ for a lavish lifestyle and added: ‘Sonni’s voracious appetite for Jeremy’s money has no end in sight.’
Affidavits from friends and a former employee say Renner left cocaine lying around the house in the way of his young daughter, and got drunk in his jacuzzi then had a threesome while his daughter wandered around the house at a party.
Two ex-girlfriends submitted copies of text messages and wrote affidavits claiming Renner constantly sent them ‘d**k pics’ and nude photos using a Snapchat account named after his daughter’s initials and birth date, and even dressed one of them in a gown embroidered with his six-year-old’s name.
Pecheco has written in previous court filings that she is ‘terrified’ for her daughter’s safety while she spends time with her father.
Renner met Pacheco in Vancouver on the set of Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol. They welcomed Ava in March of 2013 and tied the knot 10 months later, in January of 2014.
Pacheco filed for divorce in December of 2014.
JEREMY RENNER’S TEXTS TO HIS EX IN 2014
Sonni also submitted some of the couple’s text messages as evidence. Some are included below;
Sonni to Jeremy: ‘I would just like to know if you have my things, my passport etc. because if not I need to file a police report because I am worried someone took them’
Jeremy: ‘I swear I just saw it somewhere. Maybe my safe perhaps. I can’t be sure.’
Sonni: ‘If you can check that would be great. Thx.’
Jeremy: ‘All Good here. Think about my offer. We can negotiate’
Sonni: Can I grab my things before bed please? I have an apt. with the DMV and need my belonging.
Jeremy: ‘I told you the terms in which I can help you.
Sonni: ‘And these terms are what? I have a trip planned to my family can meet Ava for the first time,again she will be 2 in march. This is insane. You know how excited I am…. what do you want? I need my belonging (sic) back. You are not allowed to take someone’s personal property.
Jeremy: ‘I have no idea what you’re speaking about. Everything is safe as far as I know.
Sonni: ‘If you keep acting like this I will get another party involved. You are not mature enough to handle this alone so I need to take action.
Jeremy: You said you already did. You started this unpleasant sink by saying that. I now (sic) how to defend myself. You drew first blood. Sorry.’
Sonni: Ava’s passport is in your safe along with mine…. why are you holding my stuff hostage? Let’s be adults and not make this a public matter.
Jeremy: All is safe. And your threats are noted and acknowledged.
Sonni: We both deserve better so let’s set each other free.
Jeremy: Ha ha ha. I have NO idea what you’re saying but you’re funny.
Sonni: Your (sic) welcome for your 2 hour long massage last night. And thank you for dropping me off on the road today and not even getting in contact to see if I was safe.
Jeremy: Are you a victim all the sudden? (sic)…Put your claws away tiger. Nothing to scratch here.
Sonni: I’m never a victim. I’m strong as (sic) women (sic) that puts up with your bipolar episodes.
Jeremy: I’ll put your victimized excuses in my pocket with the REST of them… by the way calling the kettle black. YOUR family is touched by the bi polar disorder. I only pray that this unfortunate gene isn’t passed to our baby…. You can run. But you cannot hide Pacheco.