Ioan Gruffudd has successfully obtained a three-year restraining order against estranged wife Alice Evans, which also bans her from mentioning him on social media.
The Welsh actor, 48, hopes the new restrictions will end the public falling out between the pair, whose acrimonious split in March 2021 and consequent slanging matches threatened to overshadow their respective careers.
Ioan had previously won a temporary restraining order against Alice, 54, the mother of his two daughters Ella, 12, and Elsie, eight, in February claiming he was inundated with messages and verbal threats from her.
EXCLUSIVE: Ioan Gruffudd has obtained a three-year restraining order against estranged wife Alice Evans – which bans her from mentioning him on social media
Outing: Ioan Gruffud and his girlfriend Bianca Wallace were seen for the first time since the restraining order on Wednesday when they stepped out to walk their dog
But on Tuesday, a US judge confirmed harsher restrictions had been put in place, including a ruling preventing Alice from leaking private text messages from their children.
A source said: ‘Ioan had no choice but to up his legal fight over Alice.
‘She had become increasingly volatile and seemingly intent on destroying his career with her character assassination. He hopes this will put an end to it.’
Ioan was in attendance inside the LA court to witness the Domestic Violence Restraining Order granted, but Alice did not appear.
In new court documents, Ioan claimed Alice continued to cause him issues and wanted additional provisions added to the existing restraining order.
Feud: Ioan, (pictured with girlfriend Bianca Wallace, had previously won a temporary restraining order against Alice, 54, the mother of his two daughters Ella, 12, and Elsie, eight, in February claiming he was inundated with messages and verbal threats from her
Order: He demanded Alice should not make any posts on any social media account, ‘including but not limited to Instagram and Twitter accounts, disparaging or harassing [Ioan] or the other protected person’
He demanded Alice should not make any posts on any social media account, ‘including but not limited to Instagram and Twitter accounts, disparaging or harassing [Ioan] or the other protected person.’
The other person is listed as Ioan’s new girlfriend, Bianca Wallace, who he started dating shortly after their split.
Plus, he requested Alice not to post his text messages or any other communications to the parties’ children, or the children’s text messages or any other communications to Ioan, on any social media account.
He also asked for the judge to order Alice not to contact his employer or make disparaging statements about him to his employers.
Further in court documents, Ioan said since the restraining order was put in place, Alice ‘has used her social media accounts to continue to harass, threaten, and disturb the peace of both me and my girlfriend, Bianca Wallace.’
Father: Fantastic Four actor Gruffudd filed for joint custody of his two daughters Elsie, eight, and Ella, 12, after his estranged wife, Evans filed for sole custody
Last month, The Vampire Diaries actress Alice shared a screenshot appearing to be between Ioan and one of his daughters, who is thought to be asking him to sign paperwork so that she can stay at her school – amid allegations that he stopped paying her fees.
Alice told her 86,000 Instagram followers: ‘You see – I have no money.
‘I gave up my career because I wanted the love of my life to have an amazing career and that leaves him being away most of the time.
‘And I gritted my teeth and I got through it. I missed working’ oh hell I missed working’ but I didn’t want a day to go by without seeing my two incredible girls. So their was an upside.’
Calling out Ioan’s alleged spending habits, she continued: ‘He is STILL trying to ruin my name, filling out petition after petition … daring to say that I am the “bad parent”?
‘(Check out his Guardian interview from 2020. Ask my kids. As anybody that knows us. Being called a “bad parent” when I gave up everything for them and don’t sleep at night in case and worry about how to feed them, check their health, take them to the dentist…. [sic].
‘Those of you who might think “well why is she CONTINUING to post on Instagram when his lawyers are going to take her down for it?” But think about it.
‘He is spending money that should have gone to the girls education, sports, college, on using a lawyer to gag me.
‘I don’t have this money and neither do I believe in the corruption of the TRO to shut somebody up when they’re trying to say their piece,’ she penned. ‘HE gets to say it. HE get to to lie about me being a bad parent (You couldn’t get further from the truth.)
‘But me? I get threatened with fines, with jail if I tell MY TRUTH about what is really happening. And all I have is social media because I can’t afford a lawyer. Isn’t that a microcosm of rich and poor America? I will likely go to court for posting this. (Another example of the way he treats his children).’
Declaration: Ioan went public with his actress girlfriend Bianca Wallace in October last year and was captioned: ‘Thank you for making me smile again’
Alice added: ‘He may well be lauded for doing the right thing. For going through the courts. He may well get to take my kids away from me (good luck with that dude).’
The previous month in June, Alice claimed she was ‘completely out of money for food and bills’ while sharing a video of daughter Elsie.
She wrote: ‘Trying to hold it all together whilst being threatened, completely out of money for food and bills and just found out somebody tried to break down our outside door last night!
‘But it’s all worth it for this (and the one who doesn’t want to be photographed.’
Ioan and Alice met on the set of 102 Dalmatians in 2000 and married seven years later.
The Welsh actor filed for divorce in March 2021 citing irreconcilable differences as the reason behind their split.
The document, which was filed in Los Angeles Superior Court on March 1, revealed the former couple separated on New Year’s Day – a month before they went public with their relationship status.
Ioan went Instagram official with new girlfriend Bianca last October with a post saying: ‘Thank you for making me smile again.’
Alice reacted furiously, ranting: ‘So it turns out my husband, after two years of telling me I’m a bad person and I’m not exciting and he no longer wants to have sex with me . . . has been in a relationship for three years behind my back.’
Happier times: Evans and Gruffudd met on the set of 102 Dalmatians in 2000, when the actress was in a relationship with Pablo Picasso’s grandson Olivier (pictured in 2001)