In 2020, Christina Ricci, who played Wednesday in the 1991 and 1993 “Addams Family” films, filed for divorce from her husband, James Heerdegen. Six months later, she filed a domestic violence restraining order against him, which was granted by a judge, according to People. The restraining order compelled Heerdegen to stay 100 yards away from Ricci, and he was not allowed to visit their 6-year-old son, Freddie. Ricci claimed Heerdegen was physically abusive. She said she was exposed to “severe physical and emotional abuse” by her husband and claimed “many of these acts of abuse” occurred while their son was present.
Ricci said the abuse started when she became pregnant in October 2013. She recalled feeling “extremely isolated” and remembered an occurrence during a vacation in New Zealand in which Heerdegen said something that led her to believe he could kill her. “He said the only way he could feel sorry for me is if I were dismembered into small pieces,” Ricci wrote in a statement. She then proceeded to hide the knives in the cabin and slept with Freddie in a separate bedroom because she feared for her and her son’s life. She also said he “brutally attacked” her in December 2019. Things got worse during the COVID-19 pandemic, and she was afraid to sleep at night.
Heerdegen denied the allegations. Ricci married her second husband, Mark Hampton, in October 2021, and the pair was expecting a child together, according to WCLU Radio.
If you or someone you know is dealing with domestic abuse, you can call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1−800−799−7233. You can also find more information, resources, and support at their website.