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Chet Hanks sued for $1M by ex-girlfriend alleging abuse, murder-suicide threat


Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson with their son Chet Hanks at the premiere of "Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close" in 2011.

Chet Hanks, son of actor Tom Hanks, has been sued for $1 million by his ex-girlfriend, who was granted a temporary protective order against him on March 30, according to Texas court documents.

In a petition filed in Fort Bend County Monday, Kiana Parker’s lawyers, D’Angelo Lowe and Kevin Murray, said she is seeking $1 million from Hanks, including “damages of any kind, penalties, costs, expenses prejudgment interest, and post judgment interest as allowed by law.”

Parker’s lawyers gave a press conference Tuesday outside the Fort Bend County Justice Center in Texas, where Lowe said Hanks “mentally and physically abused” his ex-girlfriend. 

Murray added, “This is about violence within the confines of a relationship between a man and a woman, a man who mentally and physically and psychologically battered Kiana Parker.”

It’s the latest development in an escalating drama involving dueling sworn allegations of violence, theft, fights, threats with a weapon and racial slurs dating back to October 2020, and mostly taking place in January in Sugar Land, Texas, where the couple have a home.

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Parker’s lawsuit restates allegations she made in her protective order, including that Hanks threatened her with a murder-suicide while her 9-year-old twins were in the house. The order, signed by the county district court clerk, suspended Hanks’ handgun license under Texas Family Court law.

USA TODAY has reached out to Hanks’ rep and Parker’s lawyers for comment.

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