Reese Witherspoon‘s ex-husband Ryan Phillippe‘s court battle with his former girlfriend Elsie Hewitt is heating up.
As RadarOnline.com readers know, Hewitt, 23, sued Phillippe, 44, claiming he assaulted her at his Los Angeles home after a party in July 2017.
Model Hewitt initially filed a $1 million suit against the Shooter actor in September 2017, alleging Phillippe grabbed her upper arm her and then threw her down a flight of stairs on July 4 while she was picking up some of her belongings at the actor’s home. She is suing for assault, battery and intentional infliction of emotional distress.
Phillippe has denied all allegations of assault and accused his ex-girlfriend of trying to extort him with false allegations.
According to The Blast, the star has now has given his side of the story about the night he allegedly attacked Hewitt.=
Court documents show that Phillippe was recently deposed by Hewitt’s lawyers.
Hewitt has claimed Phillippe “violently threw her down his staircase as hard he could.” After she got up, Hewitt contended, Phillippe “picked Hewitt up like a doll and tossed her down the stairs.”
According to Hewitt, they had gotten into an argument at his house after he left a party because he allegedly felt Hewitt was not paying enough attention to him.
After she returned to his home to retrieve her things, the alleged fight happened.
In his deposition, Phillippe, who had two kids with Witherspoon, said of the incident, “You know, this was an impasse. Nothing was changing. And she was refusing to leave until she got into the bedroom. And at one point, I thought that I was going to try to remove her from the premises and set her outside and close the door. Because I didn’t know what else to do.”
Phillippe added, “And at that point, it hadn’t occurred to me to call the cops. I’m a famous person. I didn’t want to bring that kind of attention to me and my house. And so I attempted to pick her up like a baby. Carrying. Like a child. With one arm under the back and one arm under the legs. And she was flailing. And I made it one step, and I fell back on my bottom, holding her. And that was it.”
Phillippe’s assistant, Brady Ricci, said in his own deposition that he wasn’t there during the incident but the star told him he picked Hewitt up to carry her down the stairs and didn’t mention falling or throwing her.
In her lawsuit, Hewitt accused Phillippe of abusing drugs like “cocaine, ecstasy, psychedelic mushrooms, and steroids.” She even filed documents claiming that his drug use might affect his “ability before, during and after the alleged incident to recollect the incident correctly.”
But Phillippe said in court docs that on the night of the incident, the only drug he took was marijuana.
Hunky Phillippe was a Hollywood golden boy when he hooked up with America’s sweetheart Witherspoon, but they divorced in 2007.
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