Ambyr Childers, who was married to filmmaker Randall Emmett for eight years, is seeking a domestic violence restraining order from her ex-husband.
Childers, an actor who last starred in the Netflix series You, filed the motion in LA County Superior Court Monday, citing “justified fear of… [her] Safety and well-being.” On Tuesday, her request for an emergency restraining order was denied by a judge citing a lack of evidence, but a hearing to review the matter has been set for November 14.
According to her petition, Childers sought the restraining order after discovering “threatening” correspondence between Emmett and his attorney. Childers said in her statement that she emailed Emmett last Friday to alert him that she had received a notification from her older daughter’s school complaining that she was consistently late , while in Emmett’s care. (She and Emmett share joint legal and physical custody of two daughters, ages 12 and 8.) When Emmett responded, Childers said his message included copies of emails he had with his family law attorney, Ben Valencia , had exchanged.
In those emails, Valencia reportedly wrote, “When are you going to get real money together so we can take this C— out once and for all. It’s not good for your girls.”
Minutes later, court records say, Emmett replied, “I don’t have any real money for it and you know it.”
Emmett and Valencia did not immediately respond to The Times request for comment; Childers had no comment.
In her statement, Childers said she had thought about Valencia’s message since reading it and was most startled by the “finality and desperation” of his words. “If not causing physical harm to me, would the money be used to frame me?” she wrote. “Is it some kind of bribe to law enforcement? Randy’s history of illegal and/or intimidating activity is not off the table and all possible interpretations make me fear for my safety.”
She further alleges in the petition that Emmett — a producer-turned-director who has directed more than 120 films — emotionally and verbally abused her during their marriage. Childers wrote in her statement that Emmett would “put his hand around my neck and tell me I could never get away from him.”
The couple divorced in December 2017, but in January this year she said she found a tracking device under her car. In the court filing, she said Emmett later “admitted to me that his attorney, Ben Valencia, directed him to hire a private investigator, who then installed the tracking device on my car.”
In her legal documents, Childers also extensively cites a June Times investigation that included allegations of inappropriate behavior toward women, ties to an LAPD officer, and abuse of employees. Through his spokeswoman, Sallie Hofmeister, Emmett vehemently denied the unsavory behavior described in the article. But in Monday’s court filing, Childers said Emmett offered to pay her $50,000 to “stand by his side and refute what the article said.” She declined, she said, because she was “just as much a victim as the other victims in the article.”
In the June story, The Times detailed how Emmett allegedly offered numerous women money in exchange for keeping quiet about their sexual relationships with him. Last January, Emmett received a settlement agreement from Gloria Allred, stipulating that he would pay about $200,000 to a client of Allred’s, an actor who claimed the producer forced her to do sexual favors in order to get acting work from him to obtain. Hofmeister declined to comment on the alleged payment, but said Emmett “adamantly denies” the actor’s claims.
Lala Kent, a “Vanderpump Rules” star who was engaged to Emmett from 2018 to 2021, also told The Times that another of Emmett’s attorneys once offered her $14,000 on behalf of her client in exchange for her relationship with Emmett a secret. Kent said she didn’t take the money, and a person close to Emmett said the account was inaccurate.
Kent and Emmett are currently embroiled in a custody battle over their 1-year-old daughter. Childers, 34, filed for sole custody of their two daughters in court on Monday. She is asking a judge to require that Emmett, 51, remain 100 yards from her, her home, work and vehicle, and she wants Emmett to attend a 52-week batterer intervention program.
Contributor Meg James and Times researcher Cary Schneider contributed to this report.
https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/story/2022-10-25/ambyr-childers-seeks-restraining-order-against-ex-husband-randall-emmett Ambyr Childers seeks restraining order against Randall Emmett