Matt Grundhoffer is not celebrating his son’s second birthday with him. The Little Women: LA star made a desperate plea for his son over social media after his estranged wife Briana Renee filed a restraining order against him in December.
“Happy 2nd Birthday Maverick,” he captioned a video of his son. “Dad loves you with all my heart, nothing and no one will ever be able to break our bond that we’ve had since day one! I hope that you have a love filled and happy day. Your dad is and will keep fighting until I can hold you in my arms again bubs.”
He added, “Please out of respect to Maverick don’t ask questions about the situation or assume anything on his picture please. I just wanted to wish my baby boy a happy birthday. Thank you.”
As RadarOnline.com reported, Renee filed a request for a domestic violence restraining order against Grundhoffer on December 8, a week after filing for divorce. She asked that her, their son Maverick and her daughter from a previous relationship be protected in the order.
Renee claimed Grundhoffer called her a “c**t,” “stupid piece of s**t” and a “worthless b***h” on November 24.
“Matthew specifically states he would take our son away from me and take him to Washington,” Renee alleged.
Two weeks before the incident, she claimed he went on a “four day drinking binge.”
In addition, Renee allegedly 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. The order was granted with a court hearing set for August 1, 2018.
In court papers obtained from the Superior Court of the State of Washington, the alleged victim, whom RadarOnline.com 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.
The Plaintiff was involuntarily held at Child Study and Treatment Center as a minor because of a disability in 2009. While at the center, she came into contact with Grundhoffer, now 40, who worked as an employee and counselor.
“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 to allege, “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 claimed 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.”
She claimed the Defendants failed to protect and keep her safe. Their conduct was “reckless, grossly negligent, negligent and in bad faith.”
She is asking for damages and recovery of reasonable attorney fees and costs. A trial has been set for June 3, 2019.
Grundhoffer did not respond to RadarOnline.com’s request for comment.
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