Christina Ricci granted restraining order against husband

Christina Ricci displays shocking bruises on her hands, wrists and arms in court filing as she is granted domestic violence restraining order against husband James Heerdegen

  • The actress, 40, said Heerdegen has assaulted her on multiple occasions 
  • In images presented in her court filing, she showed heavy bruising to her hands, wrists and arms following an attack from her estranged husband 
  • Ricci said she’s in fear for her safety and that of their six-year-old son, Freddie 
  • Heerdegen ordered to remain at least 100 yards away from Ricci and their son
  • They married in 2013, and she filed for divorce last summer 

Christina Ricci submitted court photographs of shocking bruising on her hands wrists and and arms as she was granted a domestic violence restraining order against her husband James Heerdegen on Wednesday.

The actress, 40, gave proof of her injuries, which she said were a result of Heerdegen’s attacks on her, after she ‘found herself trapped in a house with a violent abuser’ during lockdown.

Ricci, who is represented by lawyer Samantha Spector, said Heerdegen has assaulted her on multiple occasions, leaving her in fear for her safety and that of their son, Freddie, six, TMZ reports. 

During a hearing in Los Angeles, Heerdegen was ordered by the court to remain at least 100 yards away from Ricci and their son, and maintain no contact with them. 

Bruising: Christina Ricci submitted court photographs of shocking bruising as she was granted a domestic violence restraining order against her husband James Heerdegen on Wednesday

The screen star said that Heerdegen, who she married in 2013, started his pattern of abuse in a December 2019 incident in which he beat her up, spit on her and mocked her with pig noises. 

She said the incident convinced her she needed to get a divorce. The Mothers and Daughters star said that the pandemic lockdown slowed the divorce process, he wound up attacking her in two separate June 2020 incidents.

Ricci told the court she was injured with cuts and bruises after he threw her into a fire pit in one incident after physically dragging her by the wrists outside.

In a subsequent attack, Ricci told the court that their son witnessed an attack in which Heerdegen spit on her and threw a chair and coffee in her direction. 

Painful: The actress, 40, gave proof of her injuries, which she said were a result of Heerdegen’s attacks, after she ‘found herself trapped in a house with a violent abuser’ during lockdown

Court ordered: Ricci said Heerdegen (pictured in February 2019) has assaulted her on multiple occasions, leaving her in fear for her safety and that of their son, Freddie, six

Ricci said in court docs that she was alarmed by a remark Heerdegen once made in her in late 2019, as Heerdegen ‘said something that made me think that [he] could kill’ her.

She said Heerdegen told her ‘the only way he could feel sorry for me is if I were dismembered into small pieces,’ leading her to hide the knives and sharp objects on the premises.  

Larry Bakman, who is Heerdegen’s lawyer, said his client ‘unequivocally denies all allegations of abuse made by Ms. Ricci as having occurred in 2020,’ TMZ reported.

Heerdegen intends to file a restraining order against Ricci that will reveal ‘her abusive conduct fueled by alcohol and substance abuse,’ his attorney said.

Injuries: Ricci, who is represented by lawyer Samantha Spector, submitted court photos of bruises and other injuries she said were a result of Heerdegen’s attacks on her 

Ricci has also asked the court to block Heerdegen’s potential efforts to ‘humiliate and embarrass’ her with audio and video clips he amassed during their relationship. 

In July last year was granted a emergency protective order last week against Heerdegen after he allegedly spat at her. 

The order, which prohibits any contact between the couple, came after the Los Angeles Police Department responded to a call of domestic battery. 

The former child star cited irreconcilable differences as the reason why she wants to end the marriage and is asking for sole legal and physical custody of their son. 

Ricci and Heerdegen married in 2013 after starting a relationship in 2011 after meeting on set of ABC’s Pan Am. 

In happier times: Heerdegen has been ordered by the court to remain at least 100 yards away from Ricci and their son, and maintain no contact with them (pictured in January 2019) 

She previously spoke about how marriage and motherhood changed her.  

‘Marriage shows you your flaws in how you deal with things and having a child forces you to grow up at the speed of light,’ she told The Edit 2017. 

‘I’m a completely different person than I was before I had my child.’ 

She penned: ‘Because I was so celebrated for being a child, I think I held onto that immaturity for a very long time. 

‘It was the thing that made me special. Then at a certain point, like 35, it’s not so special to be immature.’

Ricci and Heerdegen announced their engagement in February 2013 and married that October. 

‘They exchanged vows in front of their nearest and dearest family and friends at Harold Pratt House And Peterson Hall on Manhattan’s Upper East Side.  

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