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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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nicole hahne    

There is no way I think Chris benoit did this to his family or to himself. For those people who believe everything you read you can just go to hell. Chris Benoit was a great guy and theres no way he would do anything like this. The police should look at all the evidence before making statments when they don't even know everything. My prayers go out to their entire family and I hope they know that their love ones are in heaven. My heart goes out to the entire Benoit family. God be with you!!

2673 days ago

Been there    

No one believes that Jim could be violent. He's a white male philosophy professor. No one could believe that I would be the kind of woman who would participate in the abuse. I'm bright and outspoken. There were several episodes of slamming my head into a wall. There were a number of times when I stayed in restraints until I would give into what ever he wanted. There were painful sex acts. I learned to hide car keys. Sometimes I could escape, and when I did I would go have a lot of car keys made. I'd hide some near my office, some on a path we walked, some in boxes of tampons. When I got home, I would always have a few on my body as if I were trying to hide them. He would take those. I simply accepted that Jim would demand a job in every department where I had a job. It was necessary if I wanted that job. I can no longer count the jobs I had to turn down because Jim wasn't offered a job to teach with me. He said if I left him, he'd take my son away from me. He did. For a while, he convinced people that I had a bi-polar disorder. Then, he decided it was a borderline personality disorder. Most recently, it's an executive brain dysfunction. Finally, he went to far. He hit me with a truck in front of an eyewitness who called 911. I went to the hospital. He went to jail. He was charged with domestic assault, but he plead down to disorderly conduct. In Illinois, you can run over your wife for $217 and 6 months of probation. Here's the proof:,2000CM172,IL027015JL2000CM172D1

Now the punchline? You can move to Idaho and teach PHIL 103 INTRODUCTION TO ETHICS. Here's that proof too:

2594 days ago
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