Bijou Phillips filed for divorce from her husband, Danny Mastersonless than two weeks after he was sentenced to 30 years to life in prison for raping two women in 2003. The filing Monday in Santa Barbara surprised many, as there were previous headlines suggesting Phillips would sit idly by her husband during his years-long legal battles.
“Ms Phillips has decided to file for divorce from her husband at this unfortunate time. Her priority remains her daughter. This time was unimaginably hard on the marriage and the family. Mr. Masterson was always there for Ms. Phillips during this time.” “You have experienced the most difficult times of your life. “Ms. Phillips recognizes that Mr. Masterson is a wonderful father to her daughter,” said Phillips’ attorney, Peter Lauzon.
News of the divorce filing was first reported by TMZ. Masterson and Phillips They dated for eight years before marrying in a castle in Ireland in 2011. They have a daughter together, who was born in 2014. They also worked together professionally and shared the screen together once in 2009 Made for each otheran independent film that also starred Danny’s actor brother Christopher Masterson.
Masterson was sentenced to 30 years to life in prison on September 7 for the rape of two former members of the Church of Scientology at his home in the Hollywood Hills in the early 2000s. During the trial, the women described in graphic detail violent attacks after they were served drinks that quickly disoriented them.
Mastersonwho will be eligible for parole in about 25 years, has denied the allegations. Shawn Holleya lawyer representing him said the actor would appeal the conviction on “a number of significant evidentiary and constitutional issues.”
The divorce surprised many
Phillipsthe daughter of the deceased Moms and dads Frontman John PhillipsShe has worked as an actress, model and singer. Following her husband’s sentencing, a source told People magazine that although Phillips had “had a very difficult time” since his conviction, a separation was not expected. “She loves Danny and has no plans to file for divorce. She will be by his side through everything.”
The sudden divorce filing took many by surprise, especially since then Phillips had previously stood next to it Masterson throughout his legal disputes. However, it seems that the recent conviction and sentencing has taken a toll on their marriage. Still, Phillips’ attorney made it clear that Masterson was still a wonderful father to her daughter.