The sexual harassment scandal that sparked the #MeToo movement has also brought a new focus to accusations of domestic violence.
Like allegations of sexual harassment, domestic violence allegations were sometimes swept under the rug when the accused was in a position of power or was famous. Now, one star from the X-Men films is facing some charges of violent, disgusting behavior from his past.
Actor Michael Fassbender is facing accusation from his former girlfriend that he physically assaulted her on several occasions, and even once, breaking her nose.
The abuse last took place in 2009, before the actor gained worldwide fame for the role of young Magneto in the X-Men films, as well as roles in films like Steve Jobs and Prometheus. The allegations are now coming to light after court records and testimony from Fassbender’s former girlfriend were obtained by the press.
Although the allegations have been public for some time, this is the first time we have seen significant details. Fassbender has suffered little public blowback over the claims.
Nearly decade-old domestic abuse claims against Michael Fassbender have resurfaced, as the actor’s ex-girlfriend alleged in a court filing that he became violent with her on at least two occasions.
Sunawin Andrews, 44, sought a protective order against the actor in March 2010, alleging two instances where Fassbender, 40, caused her serious injury, according to Los Angeles court papers obtained by DailyMail.com.
The model claimed the X-Men star threw her over a chair, breaking her nose in 2009 because a drunk Fassbender was angry that she had woke him up.
Andrews also detailed a second fit of violence that same year when an enraged Fassbender allegedly dragged her with his car because her ex-boyfriend said hello to them at dinner.
The altercation left her with vaginal bleeding, a twisted ankle, blown out knee cap and a ruptured ovarian cyst and amounted to $24,000 in medical bills, according to court papers.
Despite these past allegations, Fassbender’s reputation has gone on largely unscathed, and he tied the knot in secret with actress Alicia Vikander in October.
The newlywed opened up about their normally private life, gushing about how ‘sweet’ Fassbender is and revealed that ‘she’s more happy and content than ever’.
Fassbender was not available for comment when reached by DailyMail.com.
Andrews filed the petition to the Los Angeles Superior Court on March 12, 2010, although she reported the last date of Fassbender’s alleged abuse occurred in November 18, 2009.
It is unclear what prompted her to file the protective order months after the last incident.
The model wrote that she was seeking the court order while Fassbender was ‘shooting films’ outside the country, mentioning he would be back soon.
Andrews said she was living alone with her two children, who were aged 18 and three at the time. She wrote she ‘was afraid for her safety’, wanting Fassbender to stay at least 100 yards away from them.
Andrews claimed in November 2009, Fassbender became enraged while at dinner because an ex boyfriend of Andrews’ approached their table to say hello.
‘Michael was drinking and became angry,’ Andrews wrote, adding that her friends were so concerned that they followed the fighting couple home in another car.
Andrews wrote: ‘Michael was driving my car dangerously fast and screaming at me. I begged him to stop the car in fear of an accident or for my children who were home asleep.
‘As we got closer to my house I put my car in stop. Got out walked around the car to pull key from ignition. Michael drove of[f] dragging me along from the car.
‘He stopped after he realized I could not walk and got out of car. He picked me up and put me in car as my friends pulled up behind us. They stayed the night to help calm things.’