Christina Ricci strikes divorce deal with James Heerdegen, agrees to drop restraining order
Christina Ricci and James Heerdegen have reportedly sorted out their issues while bringing an end to their bitter year-long legal fight. The actress has struck a deal with her ex-spouse over their properties, spousal and child support as well as custody and visitation, Radaronline.com reported.
Besides, Ricci has also reportedly finalized the amount that she’ll pay to the cinematographer covering his legal fees. The deal also included the removal of the temporary restraining order she had received earlier against Heerdegen. “Further, they both said they would not move forward with their petitions seeking a permanent restraining order against the other,” the report added.
This comes after ‘The Addams Family’ star filed for divorce in July 2020 after being married to Heerdegen for seven years. They had tied the knot in 2013 after having met in 2011 on the sets of ‘Pan Am’. The two welcomed a son, Freddie Heerdegen, in 2014.
In March 2017, Ricci spoke about her marriage and motherhood as she reportedly told Net-A-Porter’s The Edit, “Marriage shows you your flaws in how you deal with things and having a child forces you to grow up at the speed of light. I’m a completely different person than I was before I had my child.”
She had added, “Because I was so celebrated for being a child, I think I held onto that immaturity for a very long time. It was the thing that made me special. Then at a certain point, like 35, it’s not so special to be immature.”
The news of their divorce broke three years later. The ‘Black Snake Moan’ actress also sought a temporary restraining order, alleging Heerdegen was abusive towards her since 2013 but it increased when they were stuck with each other during the 2020 lockdown. In the court filing, she had said she found herself “trapped in a house with a violent abuser” and added that Heerdegen “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."
In response to Ricci's 2021 restraining order, the film producer filed his own petition claiming, “Christina habitually abused alcohol and substances during our marriage. Christina would emotionally abuse me during her rants and raves and would assault and batter me by hitting and scratching me with her arms and nails while under the influence.”
He had added, “She also damaged property in our home and would habitually follow me throughout the house, screaming and yelling profanities at me. This happened in front of Frederick which I observed caused him extreme emotional distress.”
Currently, Ricci is married to hairstylist Mark Hampton. They also welcomed a baby girl in December last year. Hampton had taken to Instagram to share the arrival of their daughter by writing, “My heart has exploded. @riccigrams and baby Cleo are doing fantastic, we’re all resting after such an eventful morning.. welcome to the world baby Cleopatra Ricci Hampton ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️."