Reese Witherspoon To Testify in Ryan Phillippe's Assault Case

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More than two years after assault charges were filed against Ryan Phillippe by ex-girlfriend Elsie Hewitt, his former wife, Reese Witherspoon, is getting ready to speak out. Reese is slated to testify in Ryan's assault case next month, and we're curious about what she'll have to say on the stand.

This case has been open for a long time now, and we don't doubt that everyone's ready to get to the bottom of it.

  • Back in 2017, Elsie accused Ryan of hitting and kicking her before throwing her down steps.

    Elsie filed the $1 million civil lawsuit in September 2017, claiming at the time that Ryan "grabbed [her], struck her, cornered her, kicked her, and aggressively pushed her to the ground" when she and a friend went to his house to get her things after their breakup. 

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

    Police granted Elsie a protection order against Ryan, and the city attorney investigated her claims.

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  • Ryan denied Elsie's accusations against him in a statement he made on Twitter shortly after her claims.

    "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," the celebrity dad wrote. "This is wrong. This is not who I am. Every one of my accuser's allegations are false." 

    In November 2017, news broke that Ryan reportedly hired OJ Simpson's defense lawyer to represent him, and the case has been relatively quiet ever since -- until now.

  • Ryan's case is going to trial on October 15, and Reese is expected to testify.

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    Reese and Ryan seem to have remained on good terms since their 2007 split, amicably co-parenting their children, Ava, 20, and Deacon, 15. 

    It's not clear what Reese's testimony is expected to include, but it'll certainly be interesting to see what she contributes.

  • Ryan also shared his side of the story in court documents, claiming Elsie came into his home unannounced.

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    In documents obtained by Entertainment Tonight, Ryan claims that Elsie showed up at his residence at 2:30 a.m. and confronted him. Ryan maintained that he did not hit or kick her, instead saying that he picked her up and moved her to the stairs, where he slipped, causing her to fall. 

    "Phillippe was very concerned about the safety of his female house guest present in his bedroom, especially with a loud, angry, inebriated, and jealous Hewitt sensing another girl in Phillippe's bedroom," the documents read. "Phillippe attempted to block Hewitt's blows to his body, and frantically tried to impede Hewitt's progress toward the bedroom."

  • Hopefully, the case can be resolved quickly.

    It seems like Reese's testimony could certainly be helpful, and we're hoping that Ryan is telling the truth in maintaining his innocence. Domestic violence is never okay, and however this ends, we hope the court is able to get to the bottom of it. 

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