Ioan Gruffudd has called his ex-wife Alice Evans a “child abuser.”
The Titanic star, 49, made the charge against Alice, 55, as their custody fight for their children Ella, 13, and her sister Elsie, 9, intensifies.
Court documents filed in Los Angeles reveal Ioan said: ‘Alice has continued to inflict serious emotional harm on Ella and Elsie by her statements and by interfering in my relationship with them.
‘Alice has verbally abused and undermined me in front of the girls throughout their lives.’
The documents, seen by MailOnline, also state: ‘Since January 2021, Alice has also encouraged and instructed them not to see me or communicate with me.
‘She has made thousands of threatening and abusive communications to me and about me.’
Ioan secured a restraining order against Alice in August 2022 after leaving her following a 14-year marriage and moving in with his current girlfriend Bianca Wallace, 29.
He now claims Alice has “repeatedly breached the restraining order and continues to do so to this day.”
In July, it was revealed that their daughter Ella had filed a restraining order against him, which he now blames on Alice, and he has accused her of preventing their daughters from attending counselling.
He added in the new court filing: ‘Although there is an order for the girls to attend therapy, Alice has repeatedly either refused to bring the girls or interfered with my bringing the girls to therapy.
‘Since separation, the girls have missed more therapy session than they have attended and they have had multiple therapists.’
The actor added: ‘I believe Alice’s actions are child abuse and I am gravely concerned for our children.’
Alice has denied abusing or harming her daughters and claimed in court documents Ioan has ‘not seen, complied with, nor called the children for 11 weeks’.
She added: ‘I do not agree to have the children and ourselves be subjected to a prolonged and expensive child custody evaluation if it’s based on the speculation and conjecture of the petitioner’s suspicions.
‘Petitioner says he believes the kids are suffering serious emotional harm but show no proof of any symptoms experienced by our girls to support those accusations.
‘Petitioner has his visitation schedule and has the ability to freely call the kids but has for whatever reason not done so.
‘Given his silence and lack of effort to have a relationship with the children, I do not believe petitioner has shown a need or urgency for appointment of a child custody evaluator.’
Ioan announced his wife Alice’s divorce in January 2021, and he made public with his new affair with Bianca in October of that year.
Ioan has accused Alice in court papers of verbally abusing him during their 14-year marriage, and said Alice made ‘fun of my appearance’ by telling him he was losing his hair and telling him he had ‘saggy-vagina eyes’.
Both Ioan and Alice have stated that they are struggling financially, and their $2 million (£1.5 million) marital house in Los Angeles was sold at the actor’s request last month after he stated that he no longer had the cash to pay for it, forcing Alice and the children to relocate to a new leased property.
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