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'RHOC' Star Gina Kirschenheiter's Ex-Husband Matt Charged With Felony Domestic Violence

By Ryan Naumann

“Real Housewives of Orange County” star Gina Kirschenheiter’s ex-husband Matt has been charged with felony domestic violence.

According to court documents obtained by The Blast, The Orange County District Attorney has charged Matthew Kirschenheiter with two felonies relating to his June 22 arrest.

He was hit with a felony “corporal injury – on spouse/cohabitant” and felony “False imprisonment effected by violence, menace, fraud, or deceit.”

Matt is facing 4 years maximum in prison for the domestic violence charge and another 3 years on the false imprisonment charge. He is set to appear in court later this month.

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Back on June 22, Matt was arrested on suspicion of domestic violence relating to an incident with his ex-wife Gina.

Gina would take out a restraining order against her husband days later. The court granted the petition and ordered Matt to stay 100 yards away from her and their kids until a further court hearing.

In her petition for a restraining order, she accuses Matt of allegedly choking and hitting her during a blowout fight at their house.


Gina claimed 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 said 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."

Eventually, she said, "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."

Gina said she ran out of the house screaming to the neighbors and rang the doorbell. She said 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 said 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 claimed 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."


Last year, Gina filed for divorce from Matt following nearly eight years of marriage. She cited irreconcilable differences for the split.

In her petition, she listed the date of marriage as May 15, 2010 and the separation date as March 3, 2018. The two share three minor children and she asked for joint legal and primary physical custody. Gina sought spousal support and wanted Matthew’s right to seek support terminated.

Matthew filed court docs months later demanding the court not grant his estranged wife primary custody and checked the box seeking joint custody. Matthew did agree Gina should be paid spousal support. He did note that he wanted all assets he owned before the marriage — including his clothing, jewelry, and personal effects — to be awarded to him, along with his post-separation earnings.

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Last month, a judge ordered Matt to pay Gina $10,000 a month in support. Per the deal, Gina has primary custody of the kids and they share legal custody.

They agreed to take one counseling co-parenting class per month together and neither will disparage the other in front of their kids or on “RHOC.”

Both agreed to not introduce another significant other unless it’s serious or talking to the other first.

He has agreed to pay $4,500 per month in child support along with $5,127 a month in spousal support, for a grand total of $9,627. The amount was based on his base salary and gross commissions of $421,000 a year.

Gina will keep all her jewelry, clothes, and keeps the Chrysler Town and Country. Matt will keep his personal belongings plus the 2015 Lexus.

Matt also revealed Gina's "RHOC" salary in the court documents.

He has also filed documents since asking the court to change the child support order. Matt is now asking for Gina to pay him child support.

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