- An allegation of domestic abuse against actor Michael Fassbender has resurfaced in a new report from The Daily Beast, which cites a 2010 court filing from Fassbender’s ex-girlfriend, Sunawin Andrews.
- Andrews reportedly filed for a restraining order against Fassbender in March 2010 for allegedly dragging her alongside a car and, in a separate incident, breaking her nose.
A nearly decade-old allegation of domestic abuse against actor Michael Fassbender has resurfaced in a report from The Daily Beast published on Monday.
Fassbender, who married actress Alicia Vikander in October, was accused in 2010 by his then-girlfriend Sunawin Andrews of dragging Andrews alongside a car and, in a separate incident, breaking her nose, according to a court petition which Andrews filed and The Daily Beast recently obtained.
Andrews, then a 36-year-old aspiring model and actress, reportedly filed a restraining order against Fassbender in March 2010 for the alleged abuse committed in 2009.
TMZ first reported in 2010 on Andrews’ court filing and allegation of abuse, but as The Daily Beast notes, the allegation never gained much traction in the public or media’s perception of Fassbender, known for his leading roles in films like “Steve Jobs” and the latest incarnation of the “X-Men” franchise.
Fassbender has also never commented on the allegation publicly. The actor’s representatives did not respond to a request for comment from Business Insider.
In response to The Daily Beast article, Andrews referred the outlet to her statements filed in the court petition.
In the court filing, according to The Daily Beast, Andrews alleged that Fassbender became upset after one of her ex-boyfriends said hello to her while she was dining with the actor and two friends at a restaurant. Andrews said that Fassbender was “drinking and became angry,” and that her friends followed them home, concerned.
“Michael was driving my car dangerously fast and screaming at me. I begged him to stop the car in fear of an accident or for my children who were home asleep,” Andrews wrote in the filing. “As we got closer to my house I put my car in stop. Got out walked around the car to pull key from ignition. Michael drove of[f] dragging me along from the car.”
In the court filing, Andrews said that she went to the hospital on November 29, 2009, 11 days after the alleged incident, to treat “a twisted left ankle, blown out left knee cap, and a bursted ovarian cyst.”
A former friend of Andrews’ who attended the same dinner told The Daily Beast that she “didn’t witness anything [Fassbender] did to her” the night of the alleged car dragging.
Andrews also alleged that, in a separate incident at a film festival in July 2009, Fassbender became violent and broke her nose the morning after a night of drinking.
“He was sleeping in urine,” Andrew wrote in the court filing of Fassbender. “I woke him and he began to be violent and threw me over a chair, breaking my nose.”
According to the records obtained by The Daily Beast, a judge granted Andrews a temporary restraining order that called for Fassbender to move out of the couple’s home in Bel Air, which Andrews said was leased in her name.