Melissa George reveals domestic violence in custody battle
Actress pleads for Australian help in her violent custody battle with her French millionaire partner.
Actress Melissa George revealed she had been the victim of domestic violence in a brutal custody battle with French millionaire Jean David Blanc.
Speaking to Sunday Night‘s Steve Pennells, a tearful George said she was turning to Australian media as a last resort after a series of traumatic domestic and legal scenarios.
“It started with him on top of me with my arms locked above my head. I used my feet to get him off me for five minutes. I wet the bed. I wet the floor. I just went into a crazy. It was just a moment of like, ‘I’m in deep shit,'” she revealed.
“I fought as hard as I could.
“He pushed me into the door, and then struck my face and I hit the wall and fell on the floor and I was out. Just out. And he stood over me and said, ‘Now you’re a real actress’. And I was like ‘OK’.”
George made her escape via an Uber driver to the Paris police.
“She was crying . Just crying,” the driver revealed, “and saying ‘I am scared, I am scared, please go … he will find me, I’m scared. I have my two babies in the apartment.’ I say to her ‘stay here, I will go.’ She said ‘No, my boys are with my babysitters. I want to go to the police station.'”
George is now unable to accept acting jobs because her partner will not allow her to leave France with her children.
George denies she was running away with her two sons when stopped by French authorities minutes before flying out of the country on a private jet last year.
“I was absolutely not kidnapping,” she insists.
“I’ll always come back. I will always do what’s right.”
George also conceded her previous comments about Australia were misplaced, and accepted responsibility for them.
“I want my country to help me get home that’s it, I’ve got nothing else,” she pleaded.
“A happy ending would be to go home with my kids and the father can have his kids as often as he wants and see them but to be able to show my kids my country and where they are from.”
Domestic violence helpline: 1800 737 732