Keke Palmer is seeking a restraining order against her ex-boyfriend Darius Jackson, who she claims has been physically and emotionally abusive to her.
In the filing, it was noted that the relationship — which began in 2021 — ‘finally ended for good’ early last month ‘primarily due to the physical and emotional abuse inflicted.’
Legal docs obtained by Us Weekly, Palmer accused Jackson of abusing her as recently as November 5, stating that she has security footage to back up claims that he ‘trespassed into my home without my knowledge or consent’ and ‘threatened’ her before ‘lunging for my neck, striking me, throwing me over the couch and stealing my phone.’
The site also reported that Palmer alleged there have been ‘many instances of physical violence’ with Jackson that involved him ‘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.’
Legal action: Keke Palmer has filed a petition for full physical custody of her eight-month-old son Leodis, whom she shares with Darius Jackson
Baby: The 30-year-old performer — who was tight-lipped about her relationship status in a September interview — is seeking legal and physical custody of the child
Desired arrangement: Palmer wishes to grant visitation to Jackson, whom she began dating in 2021 before the couple welcomed their son this past February
Keke and Darius’ relationship hit a rough patch when he went viral for tweeting his disapproval of a tight, sheer, thong bodysuit dress she wore to attend Usher’s Las Vegas residency in July.
At the time, he wrote online, ‘It’s the outfit tho… you a mom.’
When fans came to Palmer’s defense, Jackson doubled down as he fired off a second tweet defending himself.
‘We live in a generation where a man of the family doesn’t want the wife & mother to his kids to showcase booty cheeks to please others & he gets told how much of a hater he is,’ he said.
‘This is my family & my representation. I have standards & morals to what I believe. I rest my case,’ he added.
Meanwhile, the Nope actress did not address the situation explicitly, but appeared on Instagram to share outtakes from the evening and tell fans she wished she had taken more photos.
Usher later commented on the post, writing, ‘The Big Boss!! Thank U for coming.’
Following the incident, the pair unfollowed each other on Instagram but they later celebrated Palmer’s birthday together in August.
In an episode of her podcast Baby, This Is Keke Palmer that was recorded before the drama, Darius admitted to having high standards for his romantic partners.
Earlier this year: The twosome welcomed their son in February
In the clip, shared one week after the couple made headlines, Palmer asked Jackson how he felt when they decided to go public with their romance.
The fitness instructor revealed he felt ‘pressure’ to be perfect, and confessed to holding Keke to that same standard of perfection.
‘You almost feel that pressure of needing to be perfect,’ Jackson answered.
‘And so, it really confused me and infiltrated my mind because not only did I have to hold myself to that perfect standard, I was also holding you to a perfect standard as well,’ he added.
Although fans have speculated that Keke and Darius may have broken up either before or immediately after the wardrobe drama, neither party has confirmed their current relationship status.
Relationship drama: Over the summer, the Nope star wore a sizzling sheer black dress over a thong bodysuit to an Usher concert, and her then-boyfriend Darius took to social media to criticize the look
In August Jackson posted a short video clip of Palmer snuggling with their son on social media.
‘Happy Birthday to a one of a kind being. Hoping your 30s brings you many joys & triumphs,’ he wrote.
When Keke stopped by the Today show in September, Hoda Kotb and Jenna Bush Hager pressed her about her relationship.
‘You know, I’m going to take a page out of my girl Beyonce’s book… mind y’all’s business!’ Palmer told the hosts.