One of the biggest dreams many ordinary people have, is to become a celebrity, either for the fame and glamour, or simply because of the money and seemingly lavish lifestyle. For the most part, celebrities do possess and enjoy a traditionally higher standard of living compared to the vast majority of people, and it is partly because of that fact, that ordinary people sometimes elevate celebrities to higher standards. In truth, a celebrity, even with their fame and wealth, is just as ordinary as any other person; they feel the same things we do, and they deal with complicated and painful personal issues just like the rest of us.
One of these issues pertains to relationship problems, an issue that nearly everyone can relate to, as many of us have likely had at least one problematic relationship. Celebrities have these types of relationships as well, but the main difference between us and them, is that their problems can often become big news stories. Unfortunately, a main reason why their relationship problems become big stories, is because there is often some form of abuse involved; and when there is any kind of abuse, there is often a restraining order that follows. Here is a list of 15 celebrities who got a restraining order against their partner.
15 Halle Berry
Halle Berry is a talented actress, who has an Academy Award to show for it with her performance in the movie Monster’s Ball, and she continues to entertain audiences today in both movies and television. In 2005, the seemingly never aging actress began a relationship with a French Canadian actor by the name of Gabriel Aubry (pictured), a relationship which resulted in the pair sharing a daughter together. In 2010, the pair separated, and later on that year the two got into a custody battle regarding their daughter, as Berry wanted to take their child to France where Berry’s new boyfriend Olivier Martinez, lived. In 2012, Aubry got into a fist fight with Martinez on Thanksgiving day, and Halle Berry filed a temporary restraining order against Aubry which stated he could not come within 100 yards of her and their daughter. The restraining orders in this situation did not stop there however, as Aubry went on to file one against Martinez as well.
14 Tasha Smith
Tasha Smith has been acting professionally since the mid 90s, but it is all thanks to Tyler Perry that she was truly able to make acting a full fledged career. She is known for playing the character of Angela Williams in the Tyler Perry movies Why Did I Get Married, and Why Did I Get Married Too, and she continues to play that character in Perry’s television show titled For Better or Worse. In 2010, Smith married her manager Keith Douglas, but their marriage quickly turned into a prime example of why people should not mix business with their personal life. The couple would file for divorce, and the proceedings became very nasty, with Douglas filing a restraining order against her because of physical threats she made towards him. Smith however, would also file a restraining order against him, after he made claims that she was having affairs with women; she was also afraid for her life when he would sometimes enter into jealous rages.
13 R Kelly's Ex
Andrea Kelly was a dancer and choreographer, but in truth, she is mostly known for being the woman who married R&B singer R. Kelly, and it was not really until years after their divorce that she earned fame by appearing on the reality show called Atlanta Exes. She married R. Kelly in 1996, at arguably the height of his popularity, which is why it was surprising that she was able to stay out of the limelight for nearly ten years. In 2005 though, that all changed when she made headlines after it was revealed that she had filed for divorce. The headlines would keep on coming, as during the divorce proceedings, Andrea went on to also file a restraining order against R. Kelly, citing that she suffered from domestic violence at his hands multiple times. Their marriage resulted in three children, and luckily for them, there was no ugly custody battle, and after the divorce was finalized in 2009, Andrea was able to successfully move on with her life.
12 Jack White's Ex
The world of modeling has seen dozens upon dozens of women march down the runway to the blinding lights of flashing cameras, and many of these women make quite the names for themselves. Karen Elson is a British singer-songwriter and model, who started modelling when she just sixteen years old, and has appeared on multiple magazine covers for multiple fashion magazines. What people may not know about Karen, is that she was once married to Jack White, the former lead-singer of The White Stripes, and in their nearly six years of marriage they had two children. In 2013, their wedding bliss came to an end, and the two quite amicably filed for divorce, but later on that year however, Elson filed a restraining order against White after he started sending her threatening texts and emails regarding the custody arrangements for their children. The order was granted, and White cannot have any contact with Elson unless it relates directly with their children.
11 Tamra Barney
The past decade has seen the rise of possibly the worst genre of television: reality. The reality TV genre used to be primarily competition based with shows like Survivor and American Idol, but now the genre is filled with mostly scripted shows that feature individuals in their “daily lives.” One of the original and worst of these reality shows, is The Real Housewives of Orange County which debuted in 2006 and deals with reasonably wealthy women who cannot actually stand each other. One of these housewives is Tamra Barney, and she has been a cast member since the third season. Most of the time, things in reality shows are indeed scripted, but sometimes, they are not, as was the case with Tamra and her now ex-husband, Simon Barney. During the filming of the show, Tamra filed a restraining order against her husband because of domestic abuse, abuse which included throwing a dog leash at her.
10 Kelly Rutherford
Kelly Rutherford has been an actress since the late 1980s, with her more recognizable roles coming on television shows like Melrose Place, Gossip Girl, and more recently Quantico. In 2006, Rutherford married a German businessman by the name of Daniel Giersch with whom she now shares two children. In 2008, while she was still pregnant with their second child, she filed for divorce and the two became entrenched in a long legal battle regarding custody of their children. The two eventually came to a temporary agreement for joint custody, and Rutherford went on to file a restraining order against Giersch a month later. The end result of this legal battle left Rutherford bankrupt, and as of 2015, her ex-husband has full custody of their children. In hindsight though, this restraining order turned out to be a bit unnecessary, as Giersch was deported from the U.S after evidence surfaced that he may have been involved in illegally dealing drugs and guns to South Africa.
9 Eddie Furlong's Ex
Many people may not know the name Rachael Kneeland, and there are two main reasons why, with the first being, that as an actress, she went by the name Rachael Bella, and the second being, that she has not acted since retiring from the industry in 2006 after becoming a mother. Her career is filled with acting credits which include nearly a dozen movies, some TV films, and appearances on multiple television shows like Buffy The Vampire Slayer. In 2006, Rachael married Eddie Furlong (he played teenage John Connor in Terminator 2: Judgement Day) who is the father of her child; and the two are still technically legally married even though they have been separated since 2009. After they separated, she filed for a restraining order against him, citing that he attacked her, threatened her life, and even threatened to commit suicide. Furlong was supposed to stay 100 yards away from her, a ruling that he violated several times which always got him into legal trouble.
8 Christie Brinkley
For those who are too young to remember, or who plainly do not know her at all, Christie Brinkley was, and still is, one of the most famous models in the world. Her fame rose to meteoric levels in the early 70s after she appeared on the cover of three straight Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issues. Since then, she has appeared on the cover of over 500 magazines, and has been named one of the most attractive women of all time; and at the age of 62, she still looks great. For nearly twelve years (1996-2008), Brinkley was married to businessman Peter Cook, and when the two decided to get divorced, proceedings became nasty. During the proceedings, it was revealed that cook had an affair with an eighteen year old girl, and it was also brought up that Cook used excessive physical force when disciplining the pair’s children; both of these factors contributed to Brinkley filing her restraining order.
7 Denise Richards
Lately, Denise Richards does not get many acting jobs, but earlier in her career, she had quite the number of movie roles, including appearances in Starship Troopers, the James Bond movie The World Is Not Enough, and Wild Things. As most people know, Richards was at one point married to fellow actor Charlie Sheen, and the two share two daughters together, but thanks to Sheen’s past drug habits and adulterous behaviour, she filed for divorce in 2005 while still pregnant with their second daughter. The two attempted to reconcile, but it became obvious to Richards at the time that things were not going to change with Charlie, so the divorce went through. Richards went on to request a restraining order during the divorce proceedings after Sheen allegedly made death threats against her. Their divorce was finalized in 2006, and even though there have been instances where the custody of their children became an issue, the former couple, for the most part, appear to get along reasonably well as Richards has gone on to appear in television shows that Sheen himself starred in.
6 Brooke Mueller
Brooke Mueller spent her teenage years as a socialite in Florida, and when she was older, she went on to appear in an independent movie and a handful of other projects. Like Andrea Kelly though, Mueller did not really become famous until she married a celebrity, and in her case, that celebrity was Charlie Sheen. The two met in 2006, became engaged in 2007, got married in 2008, and had twin sons in early 2009. On Christmas day of 2009 however, things between them went south real fast, as Charlie was arrested for domestic abuse. Shortly after this incident, Mueller filed a restraining order against Sheen, and in that filing, it was revealed that on Christmas day, the couple had gotten into an argument, an argument in which Sheen allegedly held a knife to her throat. This resulted in Charlie having to go to rehab, attend anger management classes, and file for divorce in 2010. Now, the two seem to have put past events behind them, and Brooke now works as a real-estate investor.
Rihanna made a splash when she entered into the music scene in 2005, and since then, she has continued to be one of the more popular female singers and performers on the planet. In 2008, fans were thrilled when they learned that the Barbadian beauty was dating fellow musician Chris Brown (who at the time was quite popular himself). A year or so into their relationship though, things took a dark turn, as it became public that Brown had physically abused Rihanna. He went on to plead guilty for felony assault, and was subsequently slapped with a restraining order which stated he had to stay at least 50 yards away from her unless they were attending the same event (in that case the distance was reduced to ten yards). The restraining order has since been downgraded to a “level one order” which allows for contact between the two as long as Brown does not harass or bother Rihanna, which explains why the two have been seen together so many times since the 2005 incident.
4 Sarah Hyland
Sarah Hyland has been acting since she was five years old, but it was not until 2009 that the now beautiful 25 year actress got on everyone’s radar for her portrayal of Haley Dunphy on the critically acclaimed ABC comedy hit Modern Family. Sarah’s career has truly taken off ever since landing her Modern Family role, as since then she has appeared in movies such as Scary Movie 5, Struck By Lightning, and Vampire Academy. 2009 also saw Sarah begin a relationship with a fellow actor named Matt Prokop, who she met while auditioning for a role in High School Musical 3. The pair seemed very happy together, and even lived together from 2011 to 2014, but as the old adage goes, things are not always as they appear. In September of 2014, it was revealed that Sarah suffered verbal and physical abuse from Prokop, and after she finally broke up with him, she successfully filed a restraining order against him, claiming that he continued to harass her and send her threatening texts which included threats of suicide.
3 Mel Gibson's Ex
Now the name Oksana Grigorieva may not be hugely well known here in North America, but elsewhere she is recognized for being a singer-songwriter and pianist. Her abilities gained attention in 2006, when a song that she wrote became popular on a Josh Groban album, and she would then go on to release her own album in 2009. What Oksana is probably most remembered for, is the fact that she was once romantically involved with Mel Gibson. Their romance resulted in the birth of baby girl in 2009, but by 2010, there was little to no happiness left in that relationship as Grigorieva filed a restraining order against Gibson. The order asserted that Gibson had physically and verbally assaulted her, and it resulted in him being barred from coming near Oksana and their child. The resulting child custody battle between the two took years to end, and ultimately ended with both of them sharing joint custody of their daughter.
2 Eileen Davidson
The landscape of daytime television has changed a lot over the decades, and nowadays there are many talk shows like Ellen, Dr. Phil and The Talk, but there was a time when the daytime timeslots were dominated almost entirely by soap operas. Many soap operas have been cancelled over the past decade, and now there are barely a handful left, but the genre is still lucrative for the actors of the shows that remain. One of these actors is Eileen Davidson who has been in the soap opera business since the early 1980s, and can currently be seen in The Young and The Restless, and Days of Our Lives; she can also be seen on the reality show The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. In 1985 Davidson married a fellow soap star named Christopher Mayer, and their marriage lasted less than a year. The divorce turned into a messy affair, as they ended up both getting restraining orders against each other during the two year long proceedings.
1 Amber Heard
This entry happens to be the most recent and the most relevant in the news, which happens to also make it the inspiration for this article. Amber Heard is relatively new to the acting world, as she has only really been a part of it since 2004. In her now twelve year career, the bulk of her work consists primarily of movie roles, and she has appeared in films such as Friday Night Lights, Alpha Dog, Magic Mike XXL, The Danish Girl, and she will now be playing the role of Mera (Aquaman’s wife) in DC’s cinematic universe. Amber also appeared in the 2011 movie The Rum Diary, which was where she met fellow celebrity Johnny Depp.
She and Depp started dating in 2012, and they eventually went on to get married in 2015, but as of a few weeks ago, their marriage has gone up in flames. On May 23rd, Amber filed for divorce, and four days later, she filed a restraining order against Depp under the pretext of domestic violence. She has even offered visual evidence of said violence, evidence that Depp’s legal team claim are false; he has even gone as far to say that Amber is claiming domestic violence so that she can get a large sum of his money in the divorce. One thing is for sure though, this divorce will likely get much uglier by the time it is finalized.