The third part of Real Housewives of Orange County’s season 14 reunion was full of drama Thursday night, as Gina Kirschenheiter talked about the June incident between her and her ex-husband Matt that led to her arrest on charges domestic violence. Kirschenheiter was in tears when she described what happened on the night of June 22, just a month after finishing the shooting of season 14.
Fans have watched this season Kirschenheiter handle his amicable separation from Matt after their separation and divorce petition in April 2018. And, the two ended up reconciling in order to give their eight-year marriage another chance.
Gina told host Andy Cohen that she has decided to try again with Matt for the sake of their three children Nicholas, 7, Siena, 5, and Luca, 4. she congratulated Matt on his birthday – June 11 – by posting a series of photos of their relationship and calling him his “person” in the caption.
But, barely 11 days later, Matt showed up at Gina’s home in the middle of the night and allegedly strangled, beaten, and threatened with death. All of this happened while their three children were at home, but they were all sleeping.
“He was just like a different person,” Gina told Cohen. “I was very scared. I ran out of the house, rang my doorbell and knocked on the door. And he brought me back into the house.”
Gina said that many of her neighbors heard what was going on and called the police. When the police arrived, they arrested Matt and Gina said it was “really scary”.
#RHOC star Gina Kirschenheiter burst into tears recalling the alleged incident of domestic violence by ex-Matt. https://t.co/VwtCn3hwxP
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Gina claims that everything went well after she and Matt went out for an evening with friends and that there was alcohol involved. However, when they returned home from Uber, Matt got angry about something, and things got out of hand throughout the evening.
According to People Magazine, the Orange County prosecutor’s office has finally charged Matt with two crimes for the alleged incident, and he faces up to seven years in prison if convicted. Matt repeatedly denied the allegations and pleaded not guilty.
Matt’s lawyer, Ed Welbourn, said that the charges against his client were only allegations. And, in those types of situations where there are no other witnesses, it “amounts to a call to credibility”.
Gina obtained a temporary restraining order against Matt, and she stated in the documents that he had a history of violence. However, she told Cohen at the meeting that she felt bad for Matt, and she thinks this is partly due to RHOC.
Since the incident, Gina and Matt have finalized their divorce and developed a co-parenting agreement. She says she knows it’s best for her and Matt not to be together, and now she’s started dating Travis Mullen.
“I feel very lucky now. Now I know what it is like to be truly loved and how you should be treated and I appreciate so much more, ”said Gina Kirschenheiter.
The Real Housewives of Orange County will return to Bravo in 2020.