The drama between Keshia Knight Pulliam and her estranged husband, Ed Hartwell, just took a disturbing turn.
In court papers filed last week, the 37-year-old former Cosby Show actress accuses Hartwell of "plotting to harm" and "obstruct" her pregnancy, as well as being mentally and emotionally abusive towards her throughout their relationship. Hartwell filed for divorce from Pulliam late last month, just days after she announced she was pregnant, and nearly seven months after the two were married.
In the papers, Pulliam accuses the former NFL pro of engaging "in certain underhanded and unusual conduct" that she believes to be designed to cause "her to miscarry her unborn child."
Pulliam "was forced to live on egg shells in the former marital home due to [Hartwell's] deep-seated rage and uncontrollable anger," the court papers read. "[Pulliam] was forced to endure ... berating, demeaning, yelling and cursing at her throughout the parties’ short-term marriage. To add insult to injury, [Hartwell] was well aware of the stress that his antics placed upon the unborn child, and ... continued to engage in such activity."
In Hartwell's legal response filed on Aug. 17, he emphatically denies Pulliam's abuse claims, calling them "despicable."
"If either party has been mentally and emotionally abusive towards the other, it's [Pulliam]," the court papers, obtained by ET, read. "The Plaintiff finds the libelous allegations despicable and opines they were only asserted to defame the Plaintiff."
" ... [Pulliam] should be ashamed of herself for ever making such false and offensive allegations," the papers continue.
ET sat down with Pulliam last month, when she broke down in tears discussing her issues with Hartwell. The actress said she has "no desire" to still be married to Hartwell, and wants to focus on their child.
"There's a baby in the middle of this!" she said. "And regardless, if we don't want to be married, that's fine, because we agree on that. But this baby is what's important, and I feel like that's being lost."
In the interview, Pulliam said she hadn't been in touch with Hartwell since she says he "blindsided" her with the divorce.
"There's nothing to say at this point," she explained. "They can discuss that through attorneys. I have to move forward. I have to do what I need to to release the hurt, to release this, and to be happy for me and my baby girl, because the stress isn't good. The stress isn't healthy. And my only priority is her."