Melissa George is bravely opening up about the violent domestic abuse she allegedly suffered at the hands of her partner and father of their two children Jean-David Blanc.
As we previously reported, the Heartbeat actress was hospitalized in September after showing up to a Paris police station with injuries to her face.
In a new interview with Australia’s Sunday Night show, the momma-of-two detailed the horrifying night:
“It started with him on top of me, with my arms locked above my head. I just tried to fight for myself, which made him more angry, which made me more angry and he pushed me into the door and then struck my face and I hit the wall and fell on the floor. He stood over me and said, ‘Now you’re a real actress.'”
“He grabbed the back of my head and smashed it on the metal thing where you hang your coats and that’s when I scratched him and I tried to fight for my life.”
Melissa recalled calling an Uber to get to the police station, and how she began vomiting upon arrival, which is when she was called an ambulance:
“I had marks around my wrists when I was thrown into the door, I had bruising on my back, my bottom and my hip. When he struck my face I had swelling to the left side of my face. When he hit my mouth I had a broken inner lip and then when he cracked my head onto the metal valet I had a huge lump above my eye that swelled and swelled and swelled and then slowly over the weeks the worst part was my neck. My neck wasn’t able to move, turn left, right, up or down.”
In February, both her and her ex were convicted of assault as a judge ruled it seemed they had attacked each other. Both parties are appealing the decision. As if that wasn’t enough, they were also in the midst of a fierce custody battle.
The 40-year-old Australian star explained how she is unable to leave France for work as her ex won’t allow her to take their children with her:
“I’m a mother first and foremost. I’m a mother, a role that everyone knows I wanted to be. That’s the biggest role that I’ll ever have in my life, the other roles are secondary… A happy ending would be to go home with my kids and the father can have his kids as often as he wants and see them but to be able to show my kids my country and where they are from.”
And she also addressed allegations she kidnapped their kids:
“I was absolutely not kidnapping. I’ll always come back. Always come back. I will always do what’s right.”
Jean-David issued a statement to the Daily Mail though, hitting back at her interview:
“I wish to answer once and for all to the inaccurate information given by Melissa George.
The Paris’ Court decision consisting of a shared custody of our young children was based on very long and various social workers investigations as well as psychologic examinations.
This decision was ruled by the Judge who considered only the best interest of our children. That does not prevent Mrs George from working, as she’s free to come and go to sets all over the world as she always did.
As regards to our children’s interdiction to leave French territory without my prior authorization, this decision, also ruled by the Judge, is the result of Melissa George’s attempt to secretly leave the country with our children without my consent, which led me to file a criminal complaint for kidnapping attempt.
Regarding the supposed violence against Melissa George, I strongly contest it and have thus filed an appeal against the judgment, which is not final. I have always maintained that I had been attacked first and was only trying to protect myself. Melissa George was found guilty and charged for these offences.”
Oh wow. The former couple has a lot to work out.
We’ll continue to keep you updated.
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