Keke Palmer Has Filed a Restraining Order Against Darius Jackson and Requested Full Custody of Son Leodis

The actress has accused Jackson of "physical and emotional abuse."

Actress, Keke Palmer and Darius Jackson attend the NBA x HBCU Classic Presented by AT&T as part of 2022 NBA All Star Weekend on Thursday, February 19, 2022 at Wolstein Center in Cleveland, Ohio.
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Content warning: allegations of intimate partner violence

Keke Palmer has filed a restraining order against ex-partner Darius Jackson, as well as asking the court for full custody of their son Leodis, who was born in February 2023.

In court documents seen by Us Weekly, Palmer alleged that Jackson subjected her to "many instances of physical violence" throughout their two-year relationship.

She accused Jackson of "destroying my personal property, including diaries and prescription eyeglasses, throwing my belongings into the street, throwing my car keys to prevent me from driving away, hitting [me] in front of our son, spewing profanities about me to our son, threatening to kill himself with a gun if I left him, harassment, and other physical and emotional abuse."

The Scream Queens actress also alleged that the fitness instructor "trespassed into my home without my knowledge or consent," as well as threatening her and "lunging for my neck, striking me, throwing me over the couch and stealing my phone."

Palmer explained in the documents that her relationship with Jackson ended once and for all this past October "primarily due to the physical and emotional abuse inflicted."

Reports came out that Palmer and Jackson had split up a first time in August. This closely followed the backlash Jackson received for outfit-shaming Palmer on social media. Alongside a clip of the actress at an Usher concert, he had written, "It’s the outfit tho.. you a mom," with the implication that he felt her outfit was too revealing.

Jackson has not directly responded to Palmer's court filing, but wrote on Twitter alongside a photo of himself with Leodis, "I love you, son. See you soon."

E! News and USA TODAY have reached out to reps for Palmer and Jackson but had not heard back at time of writing.

If you or someone you know is struggling with intimate partner violence, please visit the National Domestic Violence Hotline, or the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence for support.

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