Christina Ricci files for divorce after domestic violence claims

If you want some reassurance that healthy women do actually get divorced, look no further than Christina Ricci, an industry star who filed for divorce after her relationship with James Heerdegen disintegrated into domestic violence. …

If you want some reassurance that healthy women do actually get divorced, look no further than Christina Ricci, an industry star who filed for divorce after her relationship with James Heerdegen disintegrated into domestic violence. Heerdegen, best known for playing Corvo Santos on The Blacklist, did not contest the request for a restraining order.

Ricci’s lawyer, E. Randol Schoenberg, dropped an action on behalf of Ricci, asking the court to deny allegations that her ex-husband abused her, according to court documents reviewed by The Hollywood Reporter. Ricci’s parents, Jacqueline and Roger, also requested that the restraining order be granted. Schoenberg has been a personal friend of Ricci’s for more than 30 years, and had previously represented her and her mother.

Last week, an NYPD source told Page Six that Ricci had filed a complaint in Manhattan Criminal Court with police saying that Heerdegen had allegedly choked her, put a knife to her throat and threatened to kill her. Ricci requested the restraining order because she was in fear for her life.

“The physical abuse was months-long, it began in December and lasted through until the filing of this Petition,” Schoenberg wrote in court papers filed on Aug. 3, “and included, among other acts, Sheerdegen’s choking, choking and threatening to choke her, hitting her, threatening to kill her, putting a knife to her throat, holding a gun to her head and body, and punching her numerous times in the face.”

Of his legal situation, Heerdegen told Page Six: “Sheerdegen does not deny the allegations made against him in the complaint filed by Ricci.” He said he and Ricci have been in a relationship for seven years and married for 10 months. He said that he and Ricci were “amicable” during their marriage. “As of today,” he said, “I am no longer with Christina Ricci.”

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