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Assemblyman Roger Hernandez, D-West Covina, who is running for Congress, was ordered by a court commissioner to stay away from his estranged wife, a Baldwin Park City Council member, after allegations of abuse.

Los Angeles County Superior Court Commissioner Alan Friedenthal granted a temporary restraining order that requires Hernandez to have no contact with Councilwoman Susan Rubio, whom he is divorcing, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Married in June 2013, the couple began divorce proceedings in 2014. Rubio alleges in a declaration seeking the order that during the marriage Hernandez engaged in “pushing, shoving, hitting and choking’ her, according to The Times.

Rubio alleged that after an April 5 divorce hearing an enraged Hernandez came “aggressively towards her” and began shouting in her face, the newspaper reported.

“I was frozen and not able to react,” she stated, noting that her attorney blocked Hernandez from moving closer.

Rubio said the act was “extremely frightening,” and gave her “flashbacks” of the violence during her marriage, so she decided to seek the restraining order, according to court documents.

Rubio also alleges in her declaration that she was “physically attacked, assaulted, battered, and suffered injuries.”

She attached several photos, including one of a bruised and scratched left arm. She also accused Hernandez of damaging “numerous items of personal property in his violent and out-of-control anger.”

Hernandez attorney Steve G. Fox told The Times that he and his client have not seen the restraining order.

Under the order issued Wednesday, Hernandez is required to stay 100 yards away from Rubio, her home, her workplace and her vehicle. The order remains in effect until a May 4 hearing before their divorce court judge.

Hernandez, who has served in the Assembly since 2010, is challenging Rep. Grace Napolitano, D-Norwalk, for her 32nd Congressional District seat.

—City News Service

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