AceShowbiz - Ryan Phillippe will not be facing criminal charges amid domestic violence allegations made ex-girlfriend Elsie Hewitt. Authorities revealed that they have closed the criminal investigation regarding domestic violence claims against the "Shooter" actor.
"The City Attorney's Office has referred this matter following an investigation by the LAPD," Frank Matelian, a spokesperson for the Los Angeles City Attorney's office, said. "After a thorough review, the matter was set for a City Attorney office hearing, during which both parties were present, detailed the incident, were advised on the law and given guidance as to how to avoid similar incidents in the future. Separate hearings were held in August and September. No further action has been scheduled following our office hearing."
The actor told E! News in a statement that the allegations were nothing but wrong. "As a staunch advocate for the health, well-being and equality of women, Ryan is completely devastated that these false allegations have been made and circulated," a rep for the actor stated. "Domestic violence is an incredibly serious issue and fabricated and proven false claims should not be used to unjustly slander the falsely accused. The claims are false."
Following Phillippe's statement, Hewitt's attorney Keith Fink responded, "The only thing Phillippe's PR statement has right is the fact that domestic violence is a serious issue. The claim that he didn't assault her is laughable." The attorney of the model, who filed a $1 million lawsuit against the actor for alleged domestic violence, continued, "He must think the media a bunch of fools. She has photos of the serious cuts and bruises she suffered as a result of the assault."
"She has hospital records documenting her injuries. The police took a report of the assault and issued a restraining order. Her employer Paul Marciano at Guess can confirm her injuries as can her friend who witnessed the assault," Fink added. "Add to this any man who calls a woman a c**t has serious animus towards women in general and would not be one championing the equality of women."
Fink also published alleged text messages between Elsie and Phillippe, in which the latter apologized for the attack. "Hey. I don't know how much you do or don’t wanna hear from me in regards to this weekend, but there's some things I feel like I want you to know," the text messages, of which the screencaps were obtained by HollywoodLife.com, read. "I was falling in love with you, Elsie. I knew it. Even sitting here now, thinking about your soft skin and beautiful smile, how you felt laying on me… it's f**king devastating to know that's no longer part of my life."
Phillippe allegedly went on writing, "I really hoped this wouldn't end bad. That we could be friends, that you would know I'd still be there for you in a time of need, that somehow you would still know how special I think you are."
However, sources close to the actor previously claimed Hewitt showed up to Phillippe's house uninvited and under the influence before causing a scene. The sources added that the bruises occurred when she fell and hurt herself as she was being ejected from the premises. Phillippe reportedly has hired a lawyer to file a counter-suit for defamation against Hewitt.
In related news, Phillippe's ex-fiancee Paulina Slagter took to Twitter to share a cryptic message. "….when there's smoke….," wrote Slagter in an apparent now-deleted tweet. TMZ further reported that back in March 26, Paulina went to the LAPD to file an "Annoying or Harassing Electronics Communications Harassment Report" against the actor. Phillippe allegedly called Paulina a "w***e" in the fiery texts.