An ex-girlfriend who alleges Ryan Phillippe assaulted her in 2017 won a round in court Monday when a judge ruled that her attorneys can depose another woman who was once engaged to the actor regarding any abuse she may have suffered during their relationship.
The order by Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Laura Siegel allows Elsie Hewitt’s lawyers to question Paulina Slagter under oath. Hewitt’s legal team maintained Slagter’s testimony is relevant given that Philllippe publicly said he is “not somebody that abuses women” and testified during his deposition that he never was investigated for abuse or had a police report filed against him.
Lawyers for Phillippe moved to stop the deposition, maintaining in their court papers that the Los Angeles Police Department has already provided a sworn declaration that there are no records of domestic violence complaints against the 44-year-old actor and that Hewitt’s concerns are therefore moot.
Philllipe’s lawyer, Steven M. Maslauski, also told the judge that although he does not represent Slagter, the deposition would intrude on her privacy.
But attorney Imbar Sagi-Lebowitz, on behalf of Hewitt, said Slagter’s testimony would be relevant during pretrial discovery and that the defense’s objections were premature. She said that whether Slagter’s testimony would be admissible at trial will be the subject of a hearing at another time.
Slagter did not file any court papers regarding the deposition.
Hewitt, 23, filed her suit in September 2017, alleging Phillippe assaulted her on July 4 of that year. She accuses the “Shooter” star of assault, battery and intentional infliction of emotional distress.
Hewitt alleges that the actor kicked and punched her at his home. She claims in her court papers that during the fight, she gathered her things to leave and Phillippe reacted by grabbing her upper arm so tightly that his grip left heavy bruises on her arm. He then allegedly threw her down his staircase.
In a countersuit against Hewitt filed in November 2017, Phillippe denies her claims and alleges that she broke into his home in the middle of the night without permission and “fabricated a story in an unjustified attempt to extort money.”
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