Camille Grammer Takes Courageous Steps After Horrifying Night of Abuse

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camille grammerWhen Camille Grammer left The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, no one was sad to see her go. Not even Camille herself! Reportedly miserable during her time filming, Camille was desperate for a fresh start. Going through a painful divorce from her then-husband Kelsey Grammer, it was all too easy for Bravo to paint Camille as their villain. It was only once Camille broke free from the show as a regular cast member that she really seemed to blossom. Now, new reports of disturbing violence against Camille threaten not just her happiness, but her life.

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A huge part of that change for Camille came with the beginning of her, by all accounts, amazing new relationship with the much younger hottie Dimitri Charalambopoulos. After years of feeling unloved and unappreciated, Camille seemed to really be thriving under her new lover's gaze. Which, you know, gross, but also adorable. Olds in love! It was almost enough to make you wish she'd come back to the show. Almost.

Now, the day after horrific allegations of Camille being abused broke, we're just thankful that Camille is safe. Photographs of the woman's bruised wrists, battered face, and clumps of her hair recently surfaced, painting an all-too clear picture of the shocking violence to which she'd been made victim. What made matters truly worse? The fact that the damage had been done, she alleged, by Dimitri. Camille has no intention of letting him get away with his criminal behavior.

She's got a restraining order against the man in place now, and thank God. Camille also wants the police to prosecute him. Documents submitted to court tell the story of a man with an explosive temper who lost his mind when a simple argument about a woman texting him escalated out of nowhere. Abuse is never okay -- it's even less so when the victim of the domestic violence is recovering from surgery for cancer. I don't like to bandy about the word 'monster' without due cause, but if these charges are true (and who would make them up), I think it's a word that fits Dimitri juuuust fine.

Do you think Camille was right to call out Dimtri for his actions on Twitter, or should she have kept the abuse between herself and the police?


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Elaine Cox

glad to see you got the guy convicted already..its not like women ever lie..esp pub hound women...restraining orders are easy as pie to get so just take a deep breath and wait and see..but kinda funny the first thing she did was go on twitter

LeeshaE LeeshaE

@Elaine At least where I  come from restraining orders are not easy get. You need proof, hard evidence, that the person poses a definite threat. They do not merely take your word on it even if you have been threatened you need witnesses or recorded evidence to verify the claim.

nonmember avatar Teri

She did the right thing. Just hope it was not happing before it got this bad. Prayers to you Camille.

Barbara Bailey Richardson

I do not feel that Twitter is the forum to address this. To me it lessens my sympathy for her. I have a dear friend who is a victim of domestic violence and I know it is safe to say that she has/had way too much on her mind than getting on the internet and airing her terror, hurt and humiliation.

I unlike most, kind of liked Camaile but this is not the display of the class act I believed her to be by any stretch of the imagination.

P.S. It seems to me that IF her boytoy was solely responsible for the "fight" there would have been an arrest and automatic restraining order in place. Sounds like a case of it takes 2 to Tango to me. No Man should hit or restrain a woman...however that doesn't give a woman free reign to attack a man either...just sayin.

nonmember avatar Kit M

Is it possible that she went public about it the way stars go public about their sexual orientation? To encourage others to realise that they're not alone? I don't watch television, so I have no clue as to her personality or motivations, but it strikes me as a possibility.

cpyrrha cpyrrha

Are you saying there's something "gross" about a woman her age falling in love?  with a younger man?  She's not even "old".  How young is the writer?


Conni Ironmonger Mann

I do not watch this franchise, as I am not a reality TV person. However, in this instance, I am going to give her the benefit of the doubt, for now. We have seen to many celebs/pseudo-celebs killed by jealous BFs or husbands or stalkers & no one talked about the warning signs until it was too late. I think this was an act of self-preservation - in case something should happen to her, if the restraining order did not work, if in a moment of weakness she let him back in just for a second, she wanted the world to know what had happened & the kind of person he could be. And, I think *maybe* she is trying to take away the stigma of being open about DV in the home by a person you love - it can happen to anyone. Is it "fair" to him, not knowing his side? Not really, but too many women of DV suffer in silence & die every year b/c they kept their mouths shut for fear of offending people. Of course, he can speak up any time if it's not true... I hope for the sake of DV-victims everywhere, she is indeed telling the truth about this man (as harsh as that sounds - she was obviously abused - let's hope it wasn't self-inflicted for 15 minutes of fame), b/c the one thing we don't need is another woman crying wolf & making it harder for true victims of DV, rape, etc. to be taken seriously by the law, police, & courts. Regardless, I hope she gets help for herself & her kids - they've been through enough...

Sandra L. Pittaro Jossa

I think it's very courageous for her to speak out about the abuse. It certainly allows you to know that NO ONE is immune to it. I'm also glad she had the police prosecute him. Now he's in prison where I hope he stays for quite a while.

Pamelann Bramlettine

Put the truth out there, it can serve to put others on alert, thereby insuring your gathering some protection.

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