Socialite Kim Kardashian suffered brutal beatings at the hands of her ex-husband Damon Thomas, according to newly-published court documents. The reality TV star eloped with music producer Thomas in 2000, but the marriage soon turned nasty and she found herself being held prisoner by her own husband.
In 2003 court documents, obtained by America's Star magazine, Kardashian stated the relationship became abusive "a few months after (they) were married". Describing one particularly bad incident before a meeting with her pal Justin Timberlake, she wrote, "(We) were going skydiving with Justin Timberlake. Before we left our home, Damon hit me in the face and cut my lip open. I fell into the bed frame and banged my knee hard. I was limping when we went skydiving."
Kardashian also claims Thomas demanded to know her every move: "If Damon were not home, I was required to call him and ask permission to leave the house. He said that he wanted to know where I was at all times."
The abuse allegedly continued well into their marriage, but Kardashian refused to call in the police because she was scared of what Thomas might do to her - and her fears were realized when she eventually plucked up the courage to walk out on him. During one encounter after their split, she says, "He threatened to kill me, my family members and the guys that I am dating."
But that wasn't the only threat against her life and the socialite - her ex repeated the threat at least 12 times. She adds, "At this point, I am frightened by the stories that are repeated to me."
Thomas, who has worked with artists like Lionel Richie, Pink and Tyrese, has firmly denied all accusations. Kardashian and Thomas divorced in 2004.