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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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big joe    

asshole # 202 who care's about him ass hole

2640 days ago

big joe    

asshole # 202 who care's about him ass hole

2640 days ago


May this be a lesson to all you women out there in a physically abusive relationship with an unstable man --- RUN AS FAST AS YOU CAN. They will not change and it will only result in you and maybe be some of your loved ones losing your lives. Be smart, take the warning signs seriously, very seriously. It can be a matter of life and death.

2640 days ago

hey its me opinionated    

what the hell?!?!?!
who in their right mind would kill their family?
who would kill a 7 yr old??????
this is CRAZY?!?!?!
im absolutely disgusted....why the hell are the WWE paying tribute to somebody who killed their family and then themselves..... it doesnt matter if he was stressed out or what-
you dont go and kill your family!
chris benoit may have had a great ability in that squared circle but NO WAY shoould a MURDERER be paid tribute to......

2640 days ago


To all of those who think they are in a position of moral superiority to state that Benoit will "rot in Hell" or "will face GOD," you are some of the sorriest hypocrites walking this earth. With your so-called belief in God, you still manage to be hate-filled and judgmental. You supposed faith calls on you to be compassionate to precisely those who are most reviled. Rather than praying for Benoit and what he did, you condemn him.

Keep putting your money in those collection baskets each week and patting yourselves on the back for being so pious, your God has already decreed where people like you are going to end up.

2640 days ago


Chris, You will be missed. My prayers for you and your family

2640 days ago

just curious    

Who is reporting this? the report I found states "no suicide note"

2640 days ago

que pendejadas    

Shame, shame, shame. And as to No. 8, ge yourself anal-y-zed. Don't you think there's enough hate in this world already? Get help quickly before you end up on the front cover of your local or nationwide newspapers. OH YEAH, AND BY THE WAY TO ALL THE WOMEN OUT THERE THAT PUT UP WITH THESE KIND OF JERKS AND PUT RESTRAINING ORDERS ON THEM, GET OUT WHILE YOU CAN AND FAST!!! HAVE SOME DIGNITY FOR CRYING OUT LOUD!

2640 days ago


The poor kid was probably living in sheer terror the last day of his life! Knowing his mother was dead in the next room and that his father had flupped his lid, must have left this child in unbelievable fear and hopelessness. So sad, so sad. Shame on that coward for playing God and destroying the life of is son and wife. He will ultimately pay for it.

2640 days ago


All these people saying "I cant believe he would do this". Dont be so ignorant and naive. The combination of money, fame, power, and lets not forget steroids absolutely destroyed this man. And ultimately he destroyed his wife and poor kid. Get ready for more crazy stories like this. And pray for the people who have to live with this nightmare for the rest of there lives who are in the "Benoit" Family.

2640 days ago

sick in ky.    

i don't know where to start other than to say how SAD this whole situation is!i am a God fearing christian who can not believe the way rumors and gossip are flying.i am not a big fan of wwe and disagree regularly with friends and family who are(fans) so i have no reason to defend wwe or anyone affiliated with it.i watched parts of the tribute show last night and quite a bit of the news today including the live press conference and so much just doesn't add up,but, that's not my point.i couldn't believe how after the press conference so called reporters started twisting what was said.even some of the comments i've read on here are so wrong.1)this man has had no record of so called violence since2003 even then it was dismissed.2)just because someone had a dui doesn't mean they were drinking when this happened or that they still drink at all,for that matter3)prescriptions in the house doesn't mean you are currently taking them 4)because things appear to be one way doesn't always make it so5)some people are saying roid rage.i don't know about you,but when i think or rage i think violence. yes this crime is awful but violent the way it is being insinuated,get real. things would be broken,signs of a fight or struggle,etc. and i can't picture somebody on drugs to the point of rage,voices, hallucinations or whatever not making a big mess of things.and the D.A. said no one had seen him or anyone outside the home over the weekend but you people are trying to say he was in an uncontrollable rage.if i'm just angry or upset about something i can't sit still much less voluntarily cooping myself up for two or three days.people need to get their facts straight and leave the final judging to God!!! my prayers and deepest sympathy go out to this family and all parties affected by this tragedy and may the departed souls rest in peace

2640 days ago


i never knew chris benoit was the kind to do something like that, he always seemed like a straight up guy. i guess we never know. my prayers are with his friends and family, we may not understand why things happen but sometimes it's not for us to understand. people flip out for different reasons. its a shame that his wife didnt follow her instincts and get out of it years ago. my son is a huge WWE fan, and i dont have the heart to tell him that his "hero" Benoit was the one who caused all of this. he's the same age as little Daniel, and this is already hard on him. i can't put him thru any more sorrow, but parents aren't supposed to, are they? he would never understand that one of the wrestlers he loved could kill his little boy and his wife.

2640 days ago


How very sad for their families. Hopefully a lesson is being learned about steriods, but mostly about domestic violence. My thoughts and prayers are with both families, whether or not we are comfortable with the facts, both sides have suffered greatly.

2640 days ago


I never cared for Chris Benoit. Something about him just made my skin crawl when I would see him in the ring! There was blame to be had in many corners. The WWE for starters. They had to know he was abusing steroids, and they would have to have known that he was a violent man, they should have gotten him help. If Vince Mc Mahon was really as concerned as he seemed to be last night, he should have stepped in. As far as that goes, if he was such good friends with these other wrestlers such as Chavo and Edge, just as an example, where were they????? They had to have known he was violent, where was their love and intervention???

The blame also falls to Benoit himself, he took the steroids, i'm sure no one forced him, and he continued to take them, until it seems they must have made him so mentally unbalanced and violent, he could no longer control himself. His wife was also to blame, she knew him better than anyone, she knew her life was in danger, she needed to take her child and leave. If not for her sake, then for the innocent child! Their son is the saddest victim in all of this! Daniel must have been so full of terror and absolute horror. I would hate to think that he knew what was going on between his parents when Benoit bound his mothers feet and hands, and strangled her. The psychological trauma that he would have suffered would have been immeasureable.

Therefore, killing his child did indeed make him a sick, twisted,violent,psychotic loser and most of all the biggest piece of human excrement in the world! I do truly hope that he has to answer for his sins. I just dont know how he could, theres no excuse for killing your own child!!!

2640 days ago


To all of you who don't think he was on steroids. WAKE UP! As someone pointed out you are not 40 years old and have the body he does without the use of steroids. WWE can claim that they test for steroids all they want. You can look at the wrestlers and know which ones do and which ones don't do steroids.

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