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Benoit's History of Domestic Violence Exposed

6/26/2007 2:27 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Before her grisly death, Chris Benoit's wife once told a judge that she was, "intimidated by threats of violence" from her 220 lb. husband.

In divorce papers filed in 2003, Nancy Benoit included a petition for protection from domestic abuse against Chris. In the papers, Nancy claimed that Benoit, "lost his temper and threatened to strike the petitioner and cause extensive damage to the home and personal belongings of the parties, including furniture." Nancy added that she was, "in reasonable fear for petitioner's own safety and that of the minor child."

Three months later, Nancy filed to have the divorce papers and the restraining order dismissed. A short time later, a judge granted her wish.

As TMZ first reported, law enforcement sources tell TMZ they believe Benoit strangled his wife on Saturday, smothered his son on Sunday and then hanged himself on Monday.


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Vince McMahon is scum. Paying "tribute" to this child killer was disgusting.

Steroids were the real weapons. WWE practically requires their use to attain the proprietary Hulkish cartoony look. There is no testing for steroid use. A Fake death story to suggest this.

McMahon not only glamorized this child killer for 3 hours (apparently he doesnt see anything wrong with a guy who would do this), he deserves to be charged criminally or sued for his role in promoting steroid use.

2613 days ago


Total cowardice. Blame it on whatever you like....but his legacy will be "Once a pussy, always a pussy

2613 days ago

aussie girl    

Terrible sad thing to happen.Anyone in a violent relationship know that it doesn't get better as this story shows.There are usually warning signs.You get out and don't look back.I dont like to comment hateful things,so all I'll say is -my condolences to the Benoit Family.

2613 days ago


You know none of us KNEW this man, just his persona on tv .... he obviously had issues that no one ever heard about or ever wanted to share. Unfortunately his wife and child died at his hands (allegedly) and we can't change that. But I do pray for their souls and I pray for his 2 other children and their families. No matter how you cut it; it's very tragic.

2613 days ago


wow how sad but no way to end a life!

2613 days ago


the text messages have been released.

2613 days ago


wwe. com

2613 days ago


What a lowlife - You how hard it was today trying to explain to my 7 yo why daddy was tossing his toys in the garbage - a 7 yo crying what did "I do wrong daddy" ..

I hope the wwe does not have any tributes or any reference to that piece of s*it .

how can he do that to his own child - burn in HELL !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

2613 days ago


reply to # 242 vince didnt know that benoit had killed his family. after he found out today they didnt not do a tribute tonite at the ecw and smackdown taping. go 2 and u can see the message he said.......

2613 days ago


blame steroids...blame whatever you want, the undeniable fact is that men can't handle their emotional issues when it comes to women. Statistics show that Murder/homicide is the #1 reason for death in pregnant women... look at Scott Peterson..or Charles Stewart in Boston to today's story of Bobby Cutts..and that's just this....look at how some men react just when you want to break up with them. Blame steriods but I think there is something broken in our men of today. I can say that with confidence as i got out of a 17 year abusive relationship.

2613 days ago


God bless that mom and baby...

2613 days ago


Carla he was tested for steroids in early April according to the WWE website, and passed. Who knows what went on in that house, we'll probably never know. Two of them are in heaven at least.

2613 days ago


So sad of an ending to three lives with the steroids and wife beater im glad the wwe took every connection to Chris Benoit of its official web site so no connection to a murderer is
A big start in the wrestling business to getsome closure and im sure that thier are some friends still in the business that are as shocked as the general public is and it should be agood example why if theyare taking or thinking about taking steroids it isa big disater waiting to happen not only are they risking their lives the lives of thier loved ones are at risk i for one will never watch wrestling again avid wrestling fan of 30 years

2613 days ago


is she on steroids to, she looks like a transvestite

2613 days ago


This is such a shock and terrible tragedy for everyone involved. Why though do you insist on blaming all of wrestling and other wrestlers for what one person did. And why you automatically come to the conclusion that steriods or drugs played a part in this. No one but him knows the motivation for this. Maybe he was mentally ill or something else happened. Did anyone actually look on where they released a statement that Benoit was recently tested for steroids which came back negative?? no on else is at fault for this but himself. May god be with all who are involved in this terrible tragedy and may the deceased rest in peace!

2613 days ago
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