Ryan Phillippe's ex Elsie Hewitt files lawsuit claiming he kicked, punched and threw her down stairs in alleged assault
Ryan Phillippe's ex-girlfriend has accused him of kicking and punching her in a drug-fuelled assault which she claims happened over the summer.
Model Elsie Hewitt (21) dated the actor for four months and filed a lawsuit on Monday alleging the Shooter star threw her down the stairs "like a doll" on July 3. In the court documents, she accuses him of becoming violent after he left a party early after "being ignored by Hewitt". She has provided pictures of bruising, which she says are from injuries sustained after he threw her down the stairs.
She also claims he abused drugs during their time together, alleging he "repeatedly abusing a panoply of legal and illegal drugs, including without limitation: cocaine, ecstasy, psychedelic mushrooms, and steroids…Phillippe increasingly combined these drugs with excessive alcohol consumption and often exhibited symptoms attendant of poly drug and alcohol abuse, including mood swings and bouts of anger."
"He grabbed Hewitt’s upper arm so tightly that his grip left heavy bruises on her arm hours later. He then braced his body and violently threw her down his staircase as hard as he could."
Phillippe (43), who was married to Oscar-winner Reese Witherspoon for eight years and has two children with the star, has not publicly commented on the civil suit, but an insider has denied the claims. "Ryan did not lay a hand on her. He wants to clear all of this up and he will," a source told People.
"There is no restraining order presently in place of any kind. At the time it happened, there was a temporary which was terminated only a few days after. She has since tried to seek revenge and fame by sending glamour shots of herself to media outlets with a false story of domestic violence."
An LAPD spokesperson confirmed an emergency barring order was given, but it expired on July 12.
Hewitt's attorney Keith Fink said neither he nor his client were taking payment for the case and plan on donating any potential winnings to a domestic violence charity. In response to claims she was seeking fame, he said she has recognition on her own, blasting Phillippe as someone who was "just married to a famous person".
The Los Angeles City Attorney is currently investigating a potential criminal case in addition to the civil suit, in which she is seeking $1 million.