"James is in desperate need of a fee order as he no longer has any savings, including even his retirement, having depleted them for legal fees, rent payments, and security deposits," the filing read. "Absent a support order, James anticipates that he will soon be completely broke and is even now floundering in debt.
"There is a very substantial disparity in Petitioner's and Respondent's respective access to funds and ability to pay attorney's fees, accountant's fees and costs," his lawyer writes.
Heerdegen is also demanding $50k to pay his attorney and another $50k to hire a forensic accountant to examine Ricci’s finances. He claims without the support he is considering filing for bankruptcy.
In his filing, he pleads with the judge to side with him claiming Ricci has more than enough money.
Ricci filed for divorce from Heerdegen in 2020 after nearly 7 years of marriage. In her court documents, the actress cited “irreconcilable differences.”
She demanded sole legal and physical custody of their now 7-year-old son Freddie. Ricci also obtained a restraining order against her ex after accusing him of horrific abuse during the pandemic.
She claims he beat her multiple times, called her a pig and even spit on her. Ricci said he assaulted her twice and blocked her from calling cops.
Heerdegen was ordered to stay 100 yards away from Ricci. In August, the restraining order was extended till the end of the month.
Ricci's ex denied all allegations. His lawyer said his client, "unequivocally denies all allegations of abuse made by Ms. Ricci as having occurred in 2020."
Days after the restraining order was extended, Ricci announced she was pregnant with her second child. The father was eventually revealed to be her new husband/hairstylist Mark Hampton.