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Wed Nov 22 22:13:45 EST 2017

Ryan Phillippe is suing his former girlfriend Elsie Hewitt after she alleged that the actor had brutally beaten her this summer.

The actor, 43, filed the documents on Nov. 17 as a response to Hewitt’s own lawsuit that claimed he had been abusive toward her.

In court documents obtained by PEOPLE, Phillippe’s lawsuit denies the allegations, claiming Hewitt “broke into Phillippe’s home in the middle of the night without permission” and “fabricated a story in an unjustified attempt to extort money” from him to help her modeling career.

PEOPLE has reached out to both Phillippe’s and Hewitt’s attorneys.

Phillippe alleges Hewitt, 21, made a false police report accusing him of injuring her in the early morning of July 4 when the alleged incident is said to have taken place. The actor also claims Hewitt was “extremely intoxicated.”

He further says in his suit that he “was raised by women in a household where women’s rights, feminism, and advocacy were very much at the forefront, and he is sickened to have been falsely accused of domestic violence.”

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Phillippe tweeted on Wednesday after the news of his lawsuit broke, writing, “to be clear: i have not had a “girlfriend” for over a year now & have barely dated anyone since. any other labels or mis- characterizations, from media or gossips, related to anyone, briefly, connected to my personal life, are false.”

He continued, “happy thanksgiving.”

Authorities closed the criminal investigation regarding domestic violence against the actor in September. Hewitt filed a civil lawsuit in September against him for allegedly kicking, punching and throwing her down the stairs after an argument.

In court documents obtained by PEOPLE, Hewitt claimed that on July 3, Phillippe — who shares two children with ex-wife Reese Witherspoon and one with actress Alexis Knapp — left a party after “being ignored .”

Hewitt alleges that she then went to Phillippe’s house with a friend to pack up her things in the early hours of July 4, and a physical altercation ensued.

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A spokesperson for the Los Angeles Police Department confirmed to PEOPLE that officers filed a report of the alleged attack and granted Hewitt an emergency protective order. The order expired July 12.

In court documents obtained by PEOPLE, Hewitt claims that she saw Phillippe — whom she had been dating since April but split from in July — “repeatedly abusing a panoply of legal and illegal drugs, including without limitation: cocaine, ecstasy, psychedelic mushrooms, and steroids … ”

The model alleges Phillippe “increasingly combined these drugs with excessive alcohol consumption and often exhibited symptoms attendant of poly drug and alcohol abuse, including mood swings and bouts of anger.”

Keith Fink, Hewitt’s lawyer, previously slammed any suggestion that his client had filed the suit for fame and money, telling PEOPLE the model wants to take a stand against domestic violence.

Hewitt, who supplied a number of photographs of bruising and injuries she alleges she obtained from the altercation, was admitted to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center after the incident, where police issued the emergency protective order and filed a report.

The model claims she suffered chest wall pain, abrasions and severe bruising. She is asking for $1 million.


Wed Nov 22 22:03:58 EST 2017

If you’re looking for a quick break this Thanksgiving or the perfect holiday mood, look no further than Hallmark Movies & Mysteries’ A Happy Yule Log.

Featuring Happy the Dog and Happy the Cat — Hallmark’s rescued and adopted pets — the soothing sounds of a crackling fireplace will set the tone for the upcoming holidays.

The Yule log features classic holiday songs as well as an adorable piglet named Pip Squeak.

A Happy Yule Log begins Wednesday at 5 p.m. ET and features 24 hours of merry and bright holiday music for a perfect Thanksgiving holiday.


Wed Nov 22 21:35:48 EST 2017

The Kings of Leon is expanding the band!

Drummer Nathan Followill announced his wife Jesse Baylin is expecting their second child in a pre-Thanksgiving photo on Instagram Wednesday.

“No thanksgiving pregnant stress here at all. #turkeyme #babyme #wineme,” Followill, 38, captioned the picture of the mother-to-be giving a profile shot of her baby bump.

The rocker and his wife, who married in Brentwood, Tennessee, in November 2009, are already parents to daughter Violet Marlowe, who turns 5 on Dec. 26.

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Singer/songwriter Baylin first announced they were expecting four weeks ago on Oct. 26 when she shared a photo of Violet Marlowe at the beach lying next to what spelled out “Big Sister” in seashells. “Spring 2018,” the mother-to-be captioned the sweet photo.

Then one week later, she tweeted: “husband and child down with stomach bug. pray for me + baby in utero.”

Baby on the way is in good company — joining cousins Dixie Pearl, the 5-year-old daughter of brother and lead singer Caleb Followill and Victoria’s Secret angel Lily Aldridge as well as Knox Cameron Patrick, the 6-year-old son of brother and guitarist Matthew Followill.