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Actress Christina Ricci has filed a restraining order against her estranged husband James Heerdegen.
In court documents, 40-year-old Ricci alleges she was subjected to "severe physical and emotional abuse," by 43-year-old Heerdegen, with "many of these acts of abuse" taking place in front of their six-year-old son, Freddie.
The Addam's Family actress described an incident during a family holiday to New Zealand where Heerdegen allegedly, "said something that made me think [he] could kill me".
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"He said the only way he could feel sorry for me is if I were dismembered into small pieces," she wrote. "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 in a separate bedroom with Freddie, and I locked the door."
According to Ricci, she was "brutally attacked" by Heerdegen on December 16, 2019. Things worsened from there and were exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic when the family were forced into lockdown.
Heerdegen, a film cinematographer, is said to have "focused solely on punishing and terrorising [Ricci] 24 hours a day".
Ricci said: "I was afraid to sleep at night."
In June last year, Ricci reportedly tried to call 911, at which point Heerdegen chased her through the house and out the back door.