When The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills stars Adrienne Maloof and Dr. Paul Nassif first announced their intentions to separate, it seemed like reconciliation was not out of the question. But since that news of their separation, things between the two have very publicly gone from bad to worse. Here’s a timeline of how the situation between Adrienne and Paul has deteriorated.
Adrienne and Paul announced their plans for separation after being married for nearly 10 years. The couple initially said that the decision was mutual after spending the last few years of their marriage at odds with one another. Both issued public statements saying that while unfortunate, they only wanted to do what was best for their three sons.
After rumors that the two were working on their relationship to stay together, Adrienne filed for divorce, citing “irreconcilable differences.” The two were also reported to have both signed prenuptial agreements.
September 7, 2012
Paul had his request for temporary custody of their three kids denied by a judge. He claimed that the children were suffering emotional abuse under Adrienne’s care. The judge denied his petition because, he claimed, there was no proof that any harm was coming to the children.
September 20, 2012
In what may be construed as an act of retaliation, Adrienne then moved to take out a restraining order against Paul, claiming that he was physically abusing their children. Adrienne said that Paul, on separate occasions, hit one of their boys and threw the other in a corner. She also said that she was scared because Paul carried a gun.
September 21, 2012
Adrienne put the family home, often showcased on RHOBH, up for sale. The house was put on the market for $26 million.
September 27, 2012
Paul was granted access to his kids through supervised visits, provided that he turn in his gun. More rumors of Paul’s temper arose from family friends and from Adrienne’s family chef, Bernie Guzman. Though social workers found no evidence of physical abuse toward Adrienne, Bernie claimed he witnessed many physical fights between the two, especially after Paul had been heavily drinking.
Adrienne also claimed that Paul had abused her, saying in her sworn declaration, “Paul has often shoved me to the ground, pulled my hair and yelled at me. Most recently, in July 2012, he shoved me to the ground with enough force that I hit my head on the floor when I fell.”
October 7, 2012
Adrienne and Paul reached a custody agreement with the help of their lawyers and a mediator outside of court. While Paul wasn’t granted the 50/50 custody agreement that he had hoped to obtain, they were able to come to the consensus that she would maintain full custody, and he would have visitation rights. The restraining order, however, remained in place.
October 16, 2012
Bernie Guzman published pictures of Adrienne on his Facebook page depicting many bruises on her back and arms that he claims Adrienne suffered at Paul’s hands, He claimed that he published the pictures of his own will and not at the prompting of Adrienne.
“Now you know who and what he really is. Adrienne Maloof was pushed to the ground. Punched and beaten. He is a beast,” Bernie wrote on his Facebook page. “Adrienne would not press charges … She was worried about her children and the custody battle … what would happen to her children when they were out of her sight. A mothers worry.”
October 17, 2012
Paul’s lawyer, Marty Singer, issued a statement to TMZ denying the validity of Adrienne’s abuse claims.
“Any suggestion that the photos show my client struck Adrienne Maloof is complete fabrication,” he said. “No physical assault ever occurred. I can’t speculate how these marks occurred. I know the woman does martial arts.”
Although this sad spectacle is probably far from over, the two of them make a different kind of spectacle of themselves on the upcoming season of the RHOBH, due to air November 5. Hopefully, it won’t be anywhere near as tragic as a retrospective that her co-star Taylor Armstrong had to live through last season after similar allegations were released toward her husband, Russell Armstrong.
(Images courtesy of Bravo and Bernie Guzman)