New Real Housewives of Orange County stars Emily Moore Simpson and her husband Shane are no strangers to drama, as the couple previously coped with perhaps the nastiest divorce in Housewives history, RadarOnline.com can exclusively report.
In Orange County court documents exclusively obtained by Radar, Emily’s husband, Shane, was accused of sexually, physically and emotionally abusing his first wife Miriam in their bitter 2008 split.
"He was physically abusive to me,” Miriam wrote in a declaration after filing divorce papers. "He was sexually abusive to me."
In addition, she claimed he he was "addicted to prescription medications" — and all the "stress" led her to such poor health she was "near death."
"He used and took prescription medications of others to quell his habit," Miriam alleged. "He made me feel trapped and hopeless as a result of excessive control and lack of liberties placed upon me...Because of all the aforementioned abuse, stress, and circumstances, I became physically ill after months of diagnostic tests, blood transfusions, and other medical procedures, not only was I diagnosed with blood disorders caused by stress, my body was what seems to be near death and I had no choice but to leave.”
(Nowhere in the court files, however, did Miriam say she called the cops on Shane for any of her claims of abuse.)
Shane denied all the allegations, and claimed his wife of nine years uprooted their two young daughters from Orange County and suddenly moved them to Utah without giving him proper notice.
“In November 2007, Mother Miriam went to Utah with our children for the Thanksgiving weekend and never returned to California,” Shane said in his declaration. "She filed for a dissolution of our marriage. At that time, Mother refused to allow me visitation with our children. For approximately one month after she moved to Utah, I did not know where our children were and was not allowed to visit with them.”
According to court documents, a judgement was filed in Orange County on August 14, 2008, and Shane was ordered to pay $3,000 per month for child support.
Shane and married Emily on February 14, 2009 and had their baby, Annabelle. They also have twin boys, Luke and Keller.
A RHOC insider told Radar that Shane and his ex now are on "amicable" terms, and share 50/50 custody of their daughters.
"This was years ago, and this is all behind them," the insider insisted. "They all get along great now."
The insider also claimed Miriam recently attended one of Emily's children's birthday parties.
Radar was first to reveal that lawyer and party planner Emily was joining the show in March.
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