Matt Grundhoffer has to face off against his estranged wife Briana Renee in court over divorce and custody. Now, RadarOnline.com can exclusively reveal the ex Little Women: LA star has been listed as a witness in a sexual assault case he’s involved in.
As Radar broke in June, an alleged victim, whom Radar has chosen not to name, sued the State of Washington, Department of Social and Health Services, and Child Study and Treatment Center on June 4, 2018.
Although Grundhoffer is not listed as a defendant in the case, the Plaintiff claimed she came into contact with Grundhoffer, who worked as an employee and counselor when she was a minor patient from September 2009 to November 2010.
“Defendants knew or should have known that Grundhoffer posed a danger to Plaintiff and others at CSTC,” the court papers read. “Plaintiff met Grundhoffer at a time when she was a minor child and vulnerable.”
She continued, “Grundhoffer manipulated that vulnerability by grooming Plaintiff during their counseling sessions for a romantic relationship and breached his ethical duties by engaging in a sexual relationship with Plaintiff while she was a patient, a minor child and held at CSTC.”
The Plaintiff alleged she “developed an emotional dependency” on Grundhoffer based on his position of authority and trust. She claimed it was breached when he “pursued a personal and sexual relationship.”
“Grundhoffer’s sexual abuse of Plaintiff continued after her discharge from CSTC,” the complaint claimed. “The improper relationship has caused significant confusion and severe emotional harm to Plaintiff, including humiliation, mental anguish, shame, depression and general deterioration of her emotional wellbeing.”
In the Defendant’s answer to the complaint, they admitted Rowe met Grundhoffer when she was a minor child, but they were “without knowledge or information sufficient to form a belief as to the truth” of the sexual assault.
Now, in new court papers filed on November 26, 2018, the victim provided a witness list for the upcoming trial.
“Plaintiff expressly reserves the right to call these witnesses as part of her case and further expressly reserves the right to determine whether she will call one or more of the following witnesses as trial witnesses at the time of trial,” the court papers read.
Grundhoffer is listed as the tenth witness.
“Mr. Grundhoffer groomed Plaintiff during their counseling sessions for a romantic relationship,” the papers read. “He has information regarding all aspects of this claim, including liability and damages.”
Renee, 35, filed for divorce from Grundhoffer on November 30, 2017 after a number of sexting scandals.
On December 8, 2017, she filed a request for a domestic violence restraining order against him. She also asked that their son Maverick be protected in the order.
She claimed to have found graphic sexual messages between Grundhoffer and another woman on November 28.
“The conversations were recent and involved bestiality and the proposals of sex acts with minor children, including the proposal of involving sex acts with Matthew’s minor child, age 12, from a previous relationship,” she claimed. “I am fearful for him to be left alone with our minor son.”
She requested sole legal and physical custody of Maverick with no visitation awarded to him.
In an August 1st court hearing, a judge granted the restraining order for five years. The case remains ongoing.
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