The actor Ryan Phillippe’s ex-girlfriend, Elsie Hewitt, filed a civil lawsuit against him in court on Monday, accusing him of domestic violence. On July 4, the alleged attack took place after Phillippe left a party because he claimed that the 21-year-old model was ignoring him. She went to his home that same evening to pack up her belongings when the physical altercation occurred. In the report filed in July, she cited the alleged attack, and also filed for an emergency protective order, which expired on July 12. In addition, she claims that the violence was brought upon by excessive alcohol and drug abuse. She allegedly states that after the attack, she suffered from physical trauma, including chest pain, abrasions, and severe bruising. Phillippe denies the allegations, and suggests that Hewitt was actually under the influence during the incident.
Although Ryan Phillippe insists that the domestic violence charges brought against him by his ex-girlfriend are false, a simple disagreement may quickly turn into a frightening altercation when emotions run high in relationships. Domestic violence may consist of physical violence but may also include verbal, mental, and even sexual abuse. Oftentimes, a restraining order must be filed to protect the victim from further abuse from the perpetrator.
If you need information or advice regarding family law issues, including domestic violence in New Jersey, contact our South Jersey domestic violence lawyers at Kearney, Burns & Martone. Call us today at 856-547-7733 or contact us online. Based in Haddon Heights, New Jersey, we serve clients in Camden County, Burlington County, and Gloucester County.