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'RHOC' Star Gina Kirschenheiter Claims Estranged Husband Allegedly Choked and Hit Her During Blowout Fight

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By Mike Walters

"RHOC" star Gina Kirschenheiter claims her estranged husband Matt choked and hit her during a blowout fight at the couple's home.

According to documents obtained by The Blast, Gina claims that after returning home from a night out over the weekend, Matt showed up at her home around 2:00 AM, "pounding at the door." She says when she went downstairs, he had already entered the house. She says he then "threw me down on the couch and threw some furniture around" and claimed he was "screaming in my face and saying he was going to kill me."

She continued, "He ripped my bra off, then took a pillow and hit me on the side of the head with it hard. I begged him to calm down...but he kept hitting me."

Eventually, she says, "He started to hit me on the side of the head with his open hand. When I tried to get up off of the couch, he threw me back down and began choking me. Then he started to hit me all over my body."

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Gina says she ran out of the house screaming to the neighbors and rang the doorbell. She says Matt came after her and "grabbed me and dragged me on the cement back into the house. He threw me back on the couch started hitting me again telling me he was going to kill me. His eyes were black and nothing I could say would bring him back to reality."

She says in the documents she pleaded with him to stop as the couple's children were in the home at the time.

In the documents, Gina also claims that Matt contacted her after his arrest, saying, "The officers allowed (Matt) and I to talk quickly before they took him away. He was still very angry and blamed me for getting him arrested. After he got out of jail, he called me again and continued to blame me."

She also claimed this was not the first violent incident between them, saying, "There are other incidents that have scared me in the past. Too many to remember. At this point, I have to protect me and our children. Respondent and I had attempted reconciliation in hopes of keeping our family together, but I now realize it's better for us both to move on for the sake of our children. I am heartbroken for all of us. Matt needs professional help, which is more than I can give him."

Gina was granted a temporary restraining order against Matt, who was ordered to stay 100 yards away from her and their children until a hearing next month.


According to jail records, Matt Kirschenheiter was arrested on June 22 and booked into an Orange County jail. His inmate log listed Matt at 5’10 185 lbs with brown hair and brown eyes.

He was released the next morning, June 23 around 1:00 AM. According to jail records, his bail was $0.


The restraining order request comes days after Gina sent a loving message to her estranged husband on his birthday, adding the speculation the two might be getting back together. "Happy birthday to the man who has held my hand for the last 14 years despite the ups and downs," Kirschenheiter wrote. "Thanks for being the best father to our kids, and the best friend a girl could ask for."

She added this "Wouldn’t want to take on this crazy life with anyone else. Like you said, 'I’m your person and you’re mine.'"


As we first reported, Gina Kirschenheiter filed for divorce back in April 2018 and late last year, made moves to get their split finalized.

Despite the reconciliation rumors, Gina just sold their family home in Orange Country for $100,000 below asking price.

The former couples shares three minor children.


Several other housewives including weighed in on her positive message before the alleged incident saying, Vicki Gunvalson commented, "So sweet and I’m so happy for you. Lizzie Rovsek wrote, "You two are gorgeous together!!!" While Gretchen Rossi added, "Love that you two can get along so well still."

Matt has not been charged with a crime, but remains out on bail after being released from jail.

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