Alice Evans was spotted with her daughter Ella in Los Angeles, California on Tuesday as the actress stepped out for the first time since she and her ex Ioan Gruffudd fired angry accusations at each other amid their custody battle.
The British-American star and US actor Ioan are currently battling for custody of their two young daughters, with the situation getting even nastier in recent days.
Ioan called his ex a ‘child abuser’, while Alice claimed he hadn’t seen or called his children for almost three months, according to court documents obtained by MailOnline.
But Alice appeared to have put the situation aside for one moment on Tuesday as she and her eldest daughter Ella, 13, walked alongside each other in the City of Angels.
Alice cut a casual figure in a black sleeveless top and a navy blue mini skirt as she carried a brown paper shopping bag.
Stepping out: Alice Evans (left) was seen with daughter Ella (right) in Los Angeles on Tuesday as she stepped out after she and ex Ioan Gruffudd fired angry accusations at each other
Difficulties: The British-American star and US actor Ioan are currently battling for custody of their two young daughters, with the situation getting even nastier in recent day
Out and about: But Alice appeared to have put the situation aside for one moment on Tuesday as she and her eldest daughter Ella, 13, walked alongside each other in the City of Angels
Ella opted for a stripy jumper and black flared jeans, which she teamed with some black shoes for the outing.
Last Thursday, a Los Angeles judge tried to shield their daughters – Ella, 13, and Elsie, nine – from the fallout of their parents’ ugly battles by banning the press from a custody hearing, keeping the proceedings secret.
But that hasn’t stopped the warring former couple – who are both seeking custody of the girls – from taking vitriolic shots at each other in written court filings that are public and not sealed.
Gruffudd, 49 – who earlier claimed that Evans, 55, had kept him from his daughters for almost a year – said in new legal documents that since their split in January 2021, ‘Alice has continued to inflict serious emotional harm on Ella and Elsie by her statements and by interfering in my relationship with them.
‘Alice has verbally abused and undermined me in front of the girls throughout their lives.
‘Since January 2021, Alice has also encouraged and instructed them not to see me or communicate with me and she has made thousands of threatening and abusive communications to me and about me.’
Fed up with what he called the barrage of harassing text messages, emails and social media posts from Evans, Gruffudd successfully obtained a three-year restraining order against her last August to protect himself and his girlfriend Bianca Wallace – who, at 31, is 24 years younger than Evans.
But, he added in the new court papers, ‘Alice has violated the (restraining order) repeatedly and continues to do so to this day.’
Keeping it casual: Alice cut a casual figure in a black sleeveless top and a navy blue mini skirt as she carried a brown paper shopping bag
In style: Ella opted for a stripy jumper and black flared jeans, which she teamed with some black shoes for the outing
No entry: Last Thursday, a Los Angeles judge tried to shield their daughters Ella and Elsie, nine, from the fallout of their parents’ battles by banning the press from a custody hearing
Claims: Welsh Fantastic Four star Ioan Gruffudd said in court documents his ex Alice Evans ‘has continued to inflict serious emotional harm’ on their two daughters, Ella and Elsie
Family: Evans claims Gruffudd hasn’t seen or called his daughters Ella, 13, and Elsie, nine, for almost three months
Gruffudd – who blamed his ex as the ‘person behind’ his daughter Ella filing a restraining order against him (which was denied) – also bashed Evans over the therapy the children have been receiving.
‘Although there is an order for the girls to attend therapy, Alice has repeatedly either refused to bring the girls or interfered with my bringing the girls to therapy,’ he said.
‘Since separation, the girls have missed more therapy session than they have attended and they have had multiple therapists.
‘I believe Alice’s actions are child abuse and I am gravely concerned for our children.’
LA Superior Court Judge Josh Freeman Stinn has granted Gruffudd’s request for a hearing this Thursday August 17 where the actor has asked for an expert to be appointed to make a child custody evaluation as soon as possible.
Evans denies abusing or harming her daughters.
She is vehemently opposed to a child custody evaluation, saying in her new court documents, ‘I have read and disagree with the declaration of petitioner (Gruffudd) as to allegations that I am inflicting or causing our children ”serious emotional harm”.
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‘No one has ever contacted me or reported me for such conduct. No professional, nor teacher, nor school administrator, nor counsel, nor therapist.
‘Petitioner has not seen, complied with, nor called the children for 11 weeks. I don’t understand how having no recent information, “petitioner believes” there is an urgency such that a child custody evaluation must be commenced.’
Evans said that she had also met with the girls’ court-appointed attorney and her parenting was not ‘in any way voiced to me as inadequate or, as petitioner suggests, destructive to the well being of our children.’
‘I do not agree to have the children and ourselves be subjected to a prolonged and expensive child custody evaluation if it’s based on the speculation and conjecture of the petitioner’s suspicions.
‘Petitioner says he believes the kids are suffering serious emotional harm but show no proof of any symptoms experienced by our girls to support those accusations.’
Evans claimed children who suffer from serious emotional harm show signs of their emotional state by being withdrawn, frightened, self harming, being depressed or anxious.
‘Our children…do not in any way show these objective signs of trauma or suffering serious emotional harm,’ she said.
Evans described her relationship with her daughters as ‘very loving and supportive’.
‘I do not talk to them about the case,’ she added. ‘I am subject to and under the orders of this court to stay away from and have no contact with petitioner and I have respected that to the letter.
Battle: Gruffudd has been dating Bianca Wallace since his separation from Evans in 2021. He is requesting more time with his daughters, claiming his ex has kept him from seeing them
End: The feuding exes were declared legally divorced in July – two years after the actor filed after 14 years of marriage
History: Gruffudd met Evans when they co-starred in the 2000 Disney movie, 101 Dalmatians. The issues of spousal and child support – as well as child custody – still need to be settled
‘Petitioner has his visitation schedule and has the ability to freely call the kids but has for whatever reason not done so.
‘Given his silence and lack of effort to have a relationship with the children, I do not believe petitioner has shown a need or urgency for appointment of a child custody evaluator.’
Gruffudd – who met Evans when they co-starred in the 2000 Disney movie, 101 Dalmatians – filed for divorce in March 2021, shortly after the blonde actress claimed on social media that her husband of 14 years was walking out on her and their two daughters.
Their divorce was finalized just last month. But the issues of spousal and child support – as well as child custody – still need to be settled.