Ryan Phillippe Accused of Beating His Ex-Girlfriend & Fans Are Offering to 'Handle' It for Him

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This post has been updated to include Ryan Phillippe's response to the controversy.

Domestic violence is never a joking matter, which makes allegations that Ryan Phillippe attacked his ex-girlfriend, 21-year-old model Elsie Hewitt, extremely troubling. And if that's not concerning enough, the public response to the million-dollar lawsuit against Phillippe has been quite upsetting. Fans are quickly dismissing Hewitt's claims -- even offering to "handle that THOT" for the 43-year-old actor.

  • Hewitt is accusing Ryan of hitting and kicking her before throwing her down the steps in a $1 million civil lawsuit she filed on September 18.

    People reports the pair, who started dating earlier this year, split in July, which led to the alleged Fourth of July incident at the actor's home after Hewitt and a friend tried to retrieve her things.

    "[Ryan] grabbed Hewitt's upper arm so tightly that his grip left heavy bruises on her arm hours later," the model's complaint against Phillippe mentions. "He then braced his body and violently threw her down his staircase as hard as he could." 

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    The complaint also claims the dad of three (Ryan has daughter Ava, 18, and son Deacon, 13, with ex-wife Reese Witherspoon, and daughter Kai, 6, from a previous relationship) "grabbed Hewitt, struck her, cornered her, kicked her, and aggressively pushed her to the ground."

    Los Angeles police granted Hewitt an emergency order of protection after the 21-year-old went to the hospital to treat her bruises and abrasions. As of now, the City Attorney is investigating the claims and has yet to reveal whether or not he'll move forward with criminal charges.

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  • A "source close to" Ryan, however, calls the model's claims false and asserts *she* attacked him.

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    "Elsie showed up to Ryan's house uninvited and under the influence a few days after he had broken up with her," the insider tells People.

    "She physically attacked Ryan, caused a scene, and refused to leave his home. As she was removed from the premises, she claims she fell and injured herself. There is no restraining order presently in place of any kind. At the time it happened, there was a temporary which was terminated only a few days after. She has since tried to seek revenge and fame by sending glamour shots of herself to media outlets with a false story of domestic violence."

  • Since news of the lawsuit broke, Hewitt took to Instagram to thank her supporters, which resulted in some of the model's fans turning on her.

    "We spend a lot of time on here showing our happiest moments and it's easy to assume someone's life is perfect. Everyone's fighting their own battles that they understandably choose not to share," Hewitt writes in her Instagram post.

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    She continues:

    "I'm a very private person but there are some tribulations I've been facing recently so I wanted to say thank you guys for your love, thank you to those who have been there for me, and thank you for those in my life who haven't, for teaching me a good lesson. I'll keep working hard and working on lifting my spirits and if anything, just take this as a positive reminder to be the best and kindest you can be in a struggling world full of enough suffering and hatred."

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  • And the criticism didn't stop there, as Phillippe's fans had more than a few words for his ex.

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    Keith Fink, Elsie's attorney, tells People she's not interested in any money from the $1 million lawsuit if she wins. "She's not going to take a dime, I am not making a dime, [if she wins the case] the money is going to a domestic violence charity," Fink mentions to the magazine.

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  • Some even went as far as offering their services to "handle that THOT" for him.

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    (THOT is Internet slang and stands for "That Ho Over There.") This is so disturbing.

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  • Hopefully, truth will be revealed in the court of law, and *not* the court of public opinion that damns and shames someone for speaking out.

    If you or someone you know has been the victim of domestic abuse, you can find help and support at DVIS.org, the National Domestic Abuse Hotline at 1-800-799-7233, or by contacting your local women's shelter (domesticshelters.org).

  • *UPDATE*: On September 19, Ryan Phillippe released a statement regarding the allegations.

    "I am saddened and disgusted by the false allegations being circulated about me. At the time of these allegations were initially made, I fully cooperated with law enforcement and a thorough investigation was conducted," the actor writes in a personal statement shared on Twitter.

    He continues:

    "As a man, raised by women, in a household where women's rights, feminism, and advocacy were very much at the forefront, I am sickened that my name can be found in any article where domestic violence of any kind is being alleged.

    I have been a public figure for almost 25 years and many untrue things have been said or written about me in the past. That is something you learn to accept if you choose a profession like mine.

    This time is different.

    Domestic violence is a very real and tragic issue faced by many women the world over and should never be used to vengefully slander or as a ploy for monetary gain.

    This is wrong. This is not who I am. Every one of my accuser's allegations are false."

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