CHRISTINA Ricci was granted a restraining order from her husband, James Heerdegen, after she alleged he began abusing her in 2019.
The actress says she “feared for her life” when she was “beat” numerous times as her husband “spit on her” and “made pig noises” in the shocking allegations.
Christina alleged her husband, James, ‘beat her multiple times’ Credit: Getty Images – Getty
In alarming pictures obtained by TMZ, several dark bruises can be seen covering Christina’s hands and arms.
According to court documents, Christina alleges the abuse has gotten so bad during lockdown, she “fears for her life” and the life of their son, Freddie, 6.
In the restraining order, Christina states the alleged abuse began in December 2019.
She said in one incident, he “beat her, spit at her and made pig noises in her face” which allegedly resulted in the bruises – convincing her she needs to leave him.
The actress claimed she ‘fears for her life’ due to the alleged abuse Credit: Getty Images – Getty
Christina filed for divorce from James last year after enduring alleged abuse Credit: Getty Images – Getty
The court papers say that the Addams Family star told James she wanted a divorce but her plans were halted when the Covid-19 pandemic hit the US in March.
As the country went into a nation-wide lockdown, Christina said she “found herself trapped in a house with a violent abuser.”
While in quarantine, she claimed she was attacked by her husband twice in June.
She alleged the confrontation became so heated, he chased her around the house to prevent her from calling 911 during an argument.
The documents state that James allegedly dragged Christina by her wrists into their yard and “threw her into a fire pit.”
The documents claim James tried to throw Christina into a firepitCredit: Getty Images – Getty
The violent altercation left Christina with cuts and bruisesCredit: Getty Images
The altercation allegedly left Christina with numerous cuts and bruises.
In another alleged attack the same month, Christina said that her husband “spit on her” as well as throwing coffee and a char at her while their six-year-old son watched.
Christina fears the alleged abuse could turn deadly, stating in the restraining order that James “said something that made me think that [he] could kill me.
“He said the only way he could feel sorry for me is if I were dismembered into small pieces.”
Following the comment, Christina said she immediately hid all of the knives in their house.
Christina hid the knives around their houseCredit: Getty Images
Christina has asked for James to be blocked from returning to their houseCredit: Getty Images – Getty
While James has already moved out, Christina wants a formal court order that will block him from returning.
The actress is reportedly afraid her estranged husband will release private audio and video of her to “humiliate and embarrass” or to extort her.
She wants the court to prevent him from releasing it and to force him to turn it over.
Larry Bakman, James’ attorney, told TMZ they will file for their own restraining order against the star “detailing her abusive conduct fueled by alcohol and substance abuse. His papers will also include documentation that Ms. Ricci advised law enforcement in December 2019 that there had been no prior incidents of domestic violence between the couple, thereby calling into question her credibility.”
The attorney also said his client “unequivocally denies all allegations of abuse made by Ms. Ricci as having occurred in 2020.”
James’ lawyer said he ‘denies all allegations of abuse’Credit: Getty Images – Getty
Christina filed for divorce after she was granted an emergency protective order against him in July.
She requested sole legal and physical custody of Freddie, while the outlet reported there is no prenup.
The divorce filing came after the actress was granted an emergency protective order against James after the Los Angeles Police Department responded to a call at her Woodland Hills, California home on June 25.
The Blast previously reported James spit on The Addams Family alum during the domestic altercation.
Christina filed for divorce from James in JulyCredit: Getty – Contributor