'Simply harassing me': Christina Ricci goes to war with ex James Heerdegen as he attempts to stop son from traveling with her
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA: Christina Ricci is fighting against her ex-husband's baseless attempt to prevent their son from traveling with her. The 'Wednesday' star who went through a bitter divorce with her ex-husband, James Heerdegen, rushed to court for pleading with the judge to stop his attempt at blocking their eight-year-old son, Freddie Heerdegen, from traveling with her to Canada. Documents reveal that Ricci told the court her son's father had threatened to suspend her right to travel with their child out of the country indefinitely following the recent revocation of James' overnight visits with their son.
"Jimmy is simply harassing me at this point and is taking out his anger on me because the Court temporarily eliminated his every other Saturday overnight. Jimmy is abusing this process by going into Court on an emergency basis asking for completely baseless custody orders," Ricci's legal team wrote according to OK Magazine. "He will use the excuse that he does not have a lawyer, and does not know what he is doing, but he does not have to be a lawyer to know how to abuse the Court system,” the document further reads.
"If Jimmy felt that [their son] was in any danger, presumably he would have spoken to the attorney for our son. He did not do that because he knows that the only danger posed to [our son] is his own unfitness," 'The Addams Family star pointed out. According to Ricci, she will be in Vancouver from January 31 to February 10 to film a project, and she always brings Freddie on long trips. The actress concluded, "He is only doing what he can to punish me because he is incapable of being child-centered, which is exactly why he no longer has overnights."
The messy divorce between Ricci and James was settled in December 2022 after a two-month-long battle. The couple agreed to share joint legal custody, with the actress receiving the majority of physical custody. Ricci offered to cover the cost of private schooling and uncovered medical expenses, even though neither was ordered to pay child or spousal support, as per the settlement, according to RadarOnline.
MEAWW previously reported that James allegedly accused Ricci of psychological abuse against their son after she stripped off his right from visiting their son overnight, stating in the declaration he filed, “She shares details of our marriage that are often fabricated, and certainly inappropriate for a young child to hear.”
James was ordered to stop having overnight visits at a hearing on January 6 until the subject was considered by the court at a later date. "The Court is making this order in the best interests of the minor child to preserve the calm pending a full hearing in light of the accusations and counter-accusations,” the order read. The parents were both ordered to enroll in parenting classes. A hearing was scheduled for March as Ricci has demanded that James' request to prevent her from traveling with their son be denied.