Just last week, Real Housewives of Orange County star Tamra Barney filed for a restraining order against her estranged husband, Simon Barney, after he was arrested for domestic violence. Now, RadarOnline is reporting on the court papers that grant Tamra the restraining order, and it seems Simon’s abuse was not just a one-time thing.
In the documents, which were issued in Orange County on September 23, the Bravo reality star said Simon abused and assaulted her physically on a regular basis throughout their marriage, which lasted 11 years before they finally separated. Tamra said, “his angry outbursts occurred, and continue to occur in the presence of our children.”
So why did Tamra let the abuse go on for so long before finally speaking out? According to the papers, she “wrongfully believed that maybe these violent acts could be rationalized and also due to embarrassment [she] did not report these instances of physical abuse int he past.”
Simon maintains that the only reason Tamra spoke out and had him arrested was that she would like to obtain full custody of their children–and keep the little ones as her co-stars on Real Housewives of Orange County.
Who do you believe?
Photo: Alan Hess/PR Photos