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Michael Fassbender physically abused ex before becoming famous

In 2010, Sunawin “Leasi” Andrews, then an aspiring model and actress, alleged that Fassbender violently attacked her on at least two occasions, breaking her nose and dragging her with his car.

world Updated: Feb 13, 2018 17:03 IST
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Actor Michael Fassbender attends a photocall for Alien: Covenant at the Villa Magna hotel in Madrid on May 8, 2017.
Actor Michael Fassbender attends a photocall for Alien: Covenant at the Villa Magna hotel in Madrid on May 8, 2017.(Getty Images)

As the #MeToo and Time’s Up campaigns gain momentum in Hollywood, domestic abuse allegations against actor Michael Fassbender have resurfaced eight years after his ex-girlfriend first reported them.

In 2010, Sunawin “Leasi” Andrews, then an aspiring model and actress, alleged that Fassbender violently attacked her on at least two occasions, breaking her nose and dragging her with his car, Daily Beast reported.

The allegations are not new — many news outlets had reported them in 2010. The Daily Mail quoted a “senior movie industry figure” as saying “this has been noted at the highest level”. However, the charges seem to have been forgotten.

In 2012, Fassbender played Magneto in X-Men: First Class and gave an award-winning performance in Shame, both roles catapulting him into a Hollywood A-lister.

When the Daily Beast contacted Andrews, she refused to comment on the allegations, referring the news outlet to court filings. The paperwork said Andrews in March 2010 filed for a restraining order against Fassbender in Los Angeles, requesting the actor stay at least 100 yards away from her, her then teenage daughter and three-year-old son.

She also sought attorneys’ fees, medical bills, and requested Fassbender enrol in a 52-week batterer intervention programme.

The restraining order was never renewed. The New York Daily News cited a source who claimed the complaint could bar Fassbender — who was shooting in Britain — from re-entering the US. The source also said Andrews didn’t want to damage Inglourious Basterds as an Oscar contender for 2010 — producer Lawrence Bender is the father of one of her children.

In 2012, Fassbender and Andrews had a brief reunion after the Golden Globes, and the Daily Beast reported Andrews was seen leaving the actor’s hotel the next day.

The Establishment — a media site run and funded by women — picked on the allegations in 2016, but noted that the reunion of Fassbender and Andrews “complicates the story”.

Fassbender has never commented on the allegations, and his representatives did not respond to queries by the Daily Beast. However, in 2010, his parents were quoted by the Daily Mail as saying that he was a “gentle man” and the allegations against him were “complete fabrication”.