There have been many celebrity divorces that have gotten pretty nasty. Some of them have ended with physical altercations, accusations, and even death. In some cases, celebrities have actually feared for their life and decided to get a restraining order.
A restraining order tends to prevent an abuser from coming into contact with a victim. If the order is violated then that could mean jail time for the abuser. So which celebrities have actually been told to keep their distance from someone and why? Here are 12 celebrities who have had restraining orders against them.
1. Chris Brown
Chris Brown is known for his history of domestic abuse since it came to light after he assaulted Rihanna back in 2009. She actually had a restraining order against him after the incident. It was a level one restraining order, meaning he could’ve contacted Rihanna, but not harass, annoy, or molest her. The order was lifted two years later.
After that, Brown began dating Karrueche Tran. That relationship was off-and-on for quite some time before they officially called it quits. However, the singer reportedly wouldn’t leave Tran alone so she got a restraining order against him in February 2017. She revealed to a judge earlier that month that the performer “told a few people that he was going to kill me” according to TMZ.
Tran also claimed that Brown was abusive to her throughout their relationship. She revealed he “punched me in my stomach twice” and “pushed me down the stairs.” The restraining order requires Brown to stay 100 yards away from Tran, her mother, and her brother.
2. Stephen Belafonte
The couple starred in Mel B: It’s a Scary World and were married for 10 years before Mel B. filed for divorce in March 2017. However, in April 2017 the singer filed a restraining order against her Stephen Belafonte, claiming he has beaten, choked, and threw her to the ground on multiple occasions, according to TMZ.
Mel B. said that some of her injuries were so bad that she had to miss filming the X Factor in 2012. Belafonte said he was shocked in regard to the allegations. “In the depths that she’s gone to, that’s it. I’m really shocked at those allegations and that’s what it is,” he said according to Daily Star.
3. Johnny Depp
Amber Heard and Johnny Depp’s divorce revealed that their marriage was more volatile than people thought. Heard filed a temporary restraining order against Depp claiming that he threw an iPhone at her face in 2016, according to the Daily Mail. She also submitted photos of bruises and even appeared in court with a black eye. In addition to her own restraining order against Depp, the actress tried to get protection for her dog, but it was denied according to the Daily Mail.
Heard eventually dropped the order as they were settling their divorce.
4. Charlie Sheen
The Two and a Half Men star has had multiple restraining orders against him. One was from his then-wife, Brooke Mueller in 2009. The order made it so Sheen could have no contact with Mueller other than through his attorney. Mueller reportedly told police that Sheen struck her and threatened her. She later dropped the restraining order.
The other restraining order against Sheen was filed by his ex-fiancee, Brett Rossi. She claimed there were incidents of domestic violence in 2014, according to the Daily Mail. She also said the actor failed to let her know he was HIV-positive. However, this order was canceled by the judge later that month.
5. Jack White
The singer was slapped with a restraining order from his ex-wife, Karen Elson. The order refrained him from having “any contact with [Elson] whatsoever except as it relates to parenting time with the parties’ minor children” in 2013 according to Rolling Stone.
Elson claimed Jack White had a violent temper and refused to attend family counseling. She also claimed he was harassing her. After the restraining order, Elson had primary custody of their two children and said she “fears for her and the children’s safety as a result of this harassment.”
6. Mel Gibson
The actor’s relationship with his ex, Oksana Grigorieva, got very ugly once his behavior was revealed through voicemails that reportedly showed him going on racist and abusive tirades. Both Mel Gibson and Grigorieva got restraining orders against each other two months after their breakup in 2010, according to TMZ.
Grigorieva is not the only woman who has filed a restraining order against the Oscar winner. Gibson’s stepmother, Joye Gibson also filed a temporary restraining order against him while his father, Hutton Gibson was divorcing her in 2012, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Joye Gibson claimed Mel Gibson became “incensed and began acting like a wild man” around her. The two disagreed on how to approach Hutton Gibson’s medical care and she claimed the actor “committed domestic violence” against her.
7. Edward Furlong
The Terminator 2: Judgement Day child star had a restraining order filed against him by his ex-girlfriend after being charged with domestic violence, according to E! Edward Furlong actually violated the order and was jailed for doing so.
This wasn’t his first restraining order. Furlong’s then-wife, Rachael Kneeland, also had a restraining order against him, which he also violated. Furlong was on a three-year probation for the violation in 2010.
8. Anthony Michael Hall
The Breakfast Club actor’s neighbor tried to get a restraining order against him. Some of the evidence used was a video showing Anthony Michael Hall shoving the neighbor to the ground, which reportedly broke the neighbor’s wrist.
However, the temporary restraining order was thrown out in 2016 because the neighbor failed to show up in court, according to TMZ.
9. R. Kelly
The R&B singer also had a marriage end with a restraining order. According to MTV, his ex-wife Andrea, was granted an emergency protective order after she claimed there was physical abuse, harassment, and stalking.
“Last summer I was slapped for lying to him,” she revealed, “and we made up, but I asked for a divorce and he pinned me down and continued to hit me, yelling, ‘Don’t you leave me! Why are you leaving me?’ He says, ‘I’m sorry, I’m not a wife-beater, my hand was open. It’s not like I did it for no reason. You made me do it.'”
When the order expired, Andrea Kelly decided to have it dismissed.
10. Terrence Howard
The Empire star also was accused of domestic abuse by his ex-wife, Michelle Ghent. She claimed the actor beat her up during their trip to Costa Rica. She reportedly went to court with a black eye, according to TMZ. The order prohibited Terrence Howard from coming within 100 yards of Ghent or contacting her.
Howard also tried to get a restraining order against Ghent, but it wasn’t granted.
11. Gabriel Aubry and 12. Olivier Martinez
Halle Berry and Gabriel Aubry had a daughter together, but things ended badly. Berry got a temporary restraining order against Aubry after he got into a fist fight with her fiance, Olivier Martinez. The order said Aubry had to stay 100 yards away from Berry and their daughter.
Aubry then got an emergency restraining order of his own for Martinez, and claimed Martinez threatened to kill him. However, Aubry and Berry reportedly started working on their relationship and he got the order lifted, according to Us Weekly.
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