Ashley Jones of The Bold And The Beautiful gets an update on her dramatic legal battles
September 2019, People confirmed that actor Ashley Jones filed for divorce from Joel Henricks, citing a cycle of horrific domestic violence. Jones, who has appeared in ‘The Bold and the Beautiful’, ‘The Young and the Restless’ and ‘General Hospital’, was also given a restraining order against him. Court documents describe how she fled the family home last month with their young son Hayden in tow, fearing for their safety. Regardless, Henricks reportedly “stalked and harassed” the soap star and even allegedly put a tracking device on her car.
Although the couple started dating in 2015, Jones claimed the physical abuse started before that. “He calls me a whore and regularly accused me of infidelity, and was incredibly jealous of old boyfriends I don’t have contact with,” her files revealed. In one particularly disturbing incident, an intoxicated Henricks is said to have “twisted” her hand in an attempt to prevent Jones from recording it on her cell phone. In 2017, he reportedly “caused a spiral rupture” in her hand that required surgery.
According to the order, Henricks must stay at least 100 meters away from his ex. Per PeopleJones’ estranged husband responded by citing “irreconcilable differences” and asking to share physical and legal custody of Hayden, along with spousal support. Henricks also wanted Jones to pay his legal fees. The publication also mentioned that Jones was arrested in 2019 on charges of domestic violence. Both denied the abuse allegations in statements shared with the magazine†
Now, years after the legal process began, the end is finally in sight.
The soap star’s restraining order against her ex was extended
Nearly three years after the initial filing, Ashley Jones is finally leaving her devastating divorce behind. We Weekly confirmed that the actor is finalizing her divorce from Joel Hendricks; she also extended her restraining order against him. According to court documents, Jones’ injunction will last until Feb. 20, 2023. Likewise, the ‘Bold and the Beautiful’ star also has physical custody of the couple’s son, Hayden, three days a week and every other weekend, with Henricks giving him each four o’clock holds Tuesday and Wednesday and on the opposite weekends.
Henricks denies having abused the actor, noting in a statement that he is happy the legal side has been resolved and the couple have been given joint custody. “I will remain what I have always been: a loving father of a wonderful son,” he said. Henricks also argued that he should have had the “right to a jury” in response to the restraining order.
TMZ noted that in addition to paying tuition, Jones gets to choose his son’s school. Elsewhere, the couple has divided their assets relatively neatly. No child or spousal support is included, while Hayden has to spend Mother’s Day and Jones’ birthday with her every year. Otherwise, the former couple will split vacations and school holidays.
If you or someone you know is experiencing domestic violence, call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1 800 799 7233. You can also find more information, resources and support on their website.
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