Keke Palmer has accused her ex-boyfriend, Darius Jackson, of both physical and emotional abuse, leading to a granted temporary restraining order by Judge Wendy L. Wilcox.
In court documents filed in Los Angeles Superior Court, Palmer detailed a series of alleged incidents that occurred throughout their two-year relationship and persisted after their breakup in early October.
Palmer, whose legal name is Lauren Keyana Palmer, highlighted instances of physical abuse, emotional manipulation, and destructive behavior by Jackson.
She asserted that the abuse escalated after their separation, causing her to fear for her safety and the safety of their 8-month-old son, Leo.
The court granted Palmer sole custody of Leo, with no visitation rights for Jackson. In the documents, Palmer expressed that her son’s well-being was a paramount concern, stating that Leo deserved to grow up in an environment free from violence.
The accusations include instances where Jackson allegedly physically attacked Palmer, such as an altercation in February 2022, where he reportedly choked and body-slammed her after becoming jealous of a photo she showed him.
Palmer also detailed emotional abuse, including instances of “love bombing”, where Jackson would fluctuate between showering her with affection and turning distant and cold.
The court documents disclosed that Palmer endured the destruction of her personal property, including a private journal kept since she was 12, as a form of punishment by Jackson.
Allegedly, the abuse continued even after their breakup, with incidents in April and November 2022, where Jackson destroyed her belongings and confronted her at her home, respectively.
The most recent alleged incident occurred on November 5, post-breakup, when Jackson reportedly entered Palmer’s home without permission, filmed her, and demanded to see their son.
The situation escalated, with Jackson allegedly grabbing Palmer’s neck and face, knocking her over a couch, stealing her phone, and fleeing the house. The police were called, and Jackson was warned not to return.
Several incidents were reportedly witnessed by Palmer’s family and friends, and surveillance footage captured some of the abuse.
Palmer detailed the tumultuous nature of their relationship, noting that despite attempts at couple’s therapy, the abusive patterns would resurface.
Palmer expressed her fear for her son’s safety, citing instances where Jackson allegedly became frustrated with Leo and engaged in rough physical behavior, including an incident during a diaper change in September 2022.
The court granted the temporary restraining order to safeguard Palmer and her son, with a hearing scheduled for December 5. Throughout the ordeal, both Palmer and Jackson have refrained from making public comments.