RHOC’s Gina Kirschenheiter details estranged husband Matthew’s alleged abuse; claims he threatened to kill her.
Matthew Kirschenheiter, the estranged spouse of Real Housewives of Orange County star Gina Kirschenheiter, was detained on Saturday morning and has since been ordered to stay 100 yards away from her and their children.
Gina Kirschenheiter alleged that her husband Matthew choked her, hit her, hauled her, tossed her, and threatened to kill her — all while their three kids were sleeping in the other room — during an early morning battle on Saturday at her house that led to his arrest.
In court documents obtained by The Blast, related to the temporary restraining order Gina has out against Matthew, the Real Housewives of Orange County star details a purported contention that began around 2 a.m., when Matt appeared at Gina’s Orange County home unannounced.
The husband and the wife had been out earlier in the evening and had argued, Gina asserted in the records. Matthew had come back to the house while Gina was asleep and started to beat on her entryway and buzzed the doorbell before breaking into the home to continue their fight, as per the documents.
As explained by Gina, Matthew ‘quickly became enraged’ and ‘tossed me on the couch and threw some of the furniture around,’ she asserted in the docs. When she attempted to get up, he dashed her down and then yelled in her face that “he was going to f—ing kill me.”
“He ripped my bra strap off, then took a pillow and hit me on the side of the head with it hard,” she described in the order. “I begged him to stop … to calm down … but he kept hitting me. Eventually, he started to hit me on the side of the head with his open hand. When I tried to get up off of the couch, he threw me back down and began choking me. Then he started to hit me all over my body.”
Gina said she was able to break away and then had run shouting to the next doors for help.
Kirschenheiter then said Matthew followed outside, grabbed her and dragged her on the pavement back into the house. 'He threw me back on the couch and started pounding on me again and again, telling me he was going to kill me. His eyes were black and nothing she could say would bring him back to consciousness,' Gina stated.
She also pleaded to think of their three children — sons Nicholas, 7, Luca, 3, and daughter Sienna, 5 — yet had no effect, the reality star claimed in the report.
Police barged in at their home and arrested Matthew that night. Gina said in the documents that she spoke to him before he was taken away by the officials and again after he got to prison. Both times, he was “still very angry and blamed me for getting him captured,” the records state.
PEOPLE confirmed that Matthew, who is an investment banker, was taken into custody and booked in an Orange County, California, jail on Saturday, as per online jail records. He was set free the following morning at around 1 a.m. and his bail was set at $0. A court date has not yet been set and he has not yet been charged with the wrongdoing. Gina is yet to report after the jail incident.
According to a source, Gina is staying strong. “Her main priority is her kids.” Gina petitioned for divorce from Matthew last April subsequent to eight years of marriage. She made her debut on RHOC‘s 14th season, which first aired on July 16, 2018.
“It wasn’t easy,” Gina previously told of their decision to separation. She said ‘Matt and I’ were just coming out of the ‘baby-baby-baby’ phase of their relationship and were perceiving that our relationship has had it enough. At the same time, he had taken a new job in Los Angeles and was living there during the week. And I had made this pledge to come on this show, Gina shared.
Though they were separated, Gina and Matthew took on a joint custody agreement, sharing one roof and compromising time so that their kids could maintain a sense of regularity.
That evidently prompted some conflict as well. In her brief restraining order documents, Gina attested, back in August 2018, Matthew got through a locked bedroom door where Gina was stowing away and went into a closet where she “could hear him playing with his shotgun.” She said she called her dad on speakerphone to try and calm Matt down before going out.
‘There are other incidents that have frightened me in the past, Too many to remember.’ Gina forwarded in the documents.
Still, even after that, Gina considered of reconciliation with Matthew, sparking hypothesis of a conceivable patch up earlier this month. She even posted a tribute to Matthew in commemoration of his birthday, sharing several pictures of the two throughout the years — including a snap-grab from their wedding day — close by an adoring caption.
That, however, seems to be over as of recent.
Gina wrote, respondent and she had attempted appeasement in hopes of keeping their family united, but they have realized it’s better for both of them to move on for the sake of their kids. She confessed to being heartbroken for all of her family. Matthew and Gina are due at a hearing in July. Until then, he has been adjured to keep at least 100 yards distance from Kirschenheiter and their children.