Nearly a year after the announcement, the bitter, highly publicized divorce of actors Duane and Tisha Campbell Martin has garnered intense media attention again after Tisha unearthed shocking claims that she suffered domestic abuse at the hands of her estranged husband.
[Tisha] claims her estranged husband has been abusive for years … alleging he flew into a violent rage as recently as last month.
The “Martin” star filed for a restraining order against Duane Martin … alleging he once punched her in the chest with a closed fist. In the docs, she says in December, Duane “grabbed me by my arm to try to get me in the bedroom.” She claims she filed a police report in January about multiple alleged physical altercations.
According to the docs, obtained by TMZ, Duane started physically, emotionally and mentally abusing Tisha at the start of their marriage in 1996. She says he berated her about her weight and inability to land roles because of it.
A judge has now granted Tisha the temporary restraining order, which requires Duane to stay at least 100 yards away from her. [source]
Tisha also hit back at critics who were wondering why she waited until now to say something.
“I can no longer live in fear of retaliation … the need [to] press criminal charges for his acts overshadows the embarrassment of making his crimes against me public through this report.”
As of time reported Duane has not responded to the allegations.