Actor Ioan Gruffudd has filed a restraining order against estranged wife Alice Evans after being inundated with messages from her and verbal threats.
Ioan, 48, and fellow actor Alice, 53, were married for 14 years when he filed for divorce in March 2021.
Since their split, Alice has repeatedly contacted Ioan over email, texts and social media posts, with Ioan now taking to court to stop her from contacting him.
As reported by The Daily Mail, Ioan filed 113 documents showing mostly unanswered messages from Alice where she accused him of drug use, threatened to ‘call every tabloid in the UK’ and hurled insults at him and new girlfriend Bianca Wallace.
In his court filing this week, he also claimed Alice verbally threatened to tell the media he had abused her and she would ‘do to me what Amber Heard did to Johnny Depp’.
He says Alice threatened to tell the media that he ‘had abused her and our daughters… call the police on me if I did not comply with her demands… tell people I am a drug addict and put me in prison’.
Ioan also alleges Alice threatened to write a ‘fake diary’ to paint herself as an ‘abused victim, and to have the diary published’.
Screenshots of Alice’s messages show her repeatedly threatening to call the police, and goading him to ‘do it’ when she learned he was considering a restraining order.
While most of Alice’s messages went unanswered, images show Ioan responding sporadically in a formal manner where he requested she stop contacting him and described it as ‘harassment and abuse’.
She also insulted Ioan’s mother, claimed he was in ‘dire need of psychiatric help’ and said she would ‘dedicate the rest of [her] life to spreading awareness of what [he] had done’.
In his court filing, Ioan said Alice had turned against his girlfriend Bianca, 30, and had posted private information about her online.
He said it was ‘extremely upsetting and stressful for me to continuously receive these types of hostile and aggressive text messages from Alice’, and had blocked her number.
Alice herself has rejected all the claims in the restraining order application and says she believes he is filing ‘as a ploy to gain some sort of advantage over me in our divorce proceedings.
‘As Petitioner has not seen our children for over eight months, I believe he is trying to set some type of record that I am a horrible mother,’ she said.
Lawyers for Alice and Ioan are due in court on March 11 for a hearing on the application.
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