Darius Jackson Files Counterclaim Accusing Keke Palmer of ‘Abusive Conduct,’ Seeks Restraining Order (UPDATE)

In the midst of their legal woes over the custody of their son, Jackson cited a number of alleged incidents where Palmer "repeatedly engaged in abusive conduct."

Leon Bennett / Getty Images, Derek White / WireImage

UPDATED 12/21, 8:32 p.m. ET: Darius Jackson requested a domestic violence temporary restraining order against ex-girlfriend Keke Palmer on Tuesday, according to court documents obtained by TMZ.

Jackson cites four instances during their relationship in which Palmer allegedly physically attacked him, saying a majority were fueled by alcohol. Lenoria Addision, a friend of the actress and singer, reportedly tried to intervene when Keke punched him in the face at a birthday party in 2021.

Jackson claims he was left with bruises when Palmer struck him during a January 2022 party in Cancun for his birthday. Another alleged incident occurred the following month when he was choked and hit in her home.

An angered Palmer reportedly called him a "bitch, a punk ass, and a loser" after being blamed for an overflowing shower in March 2023.

Jackson alleges Palmer would send him several emails after these physical altercations to either apologize or lash out at him.

Jackson is seeking an order that would keep Palmer 100 yards away from him and wants his petition and her restraining order against him to be dealt with at the same time.

See original story below.

Keke Palmer and ex-boyfriend Darius Jackson’s legal woes have taken yet another turn.

The former couple, who welcomed their son, Leodis Andrellton, in February, have been engaged in a headline-heavy legal battle for custody of their child. 

Last month, it was reported that Palmer had filed a request for full custody of Leodis and a temporary restraining order against her ex, citing claims that Jackson had been physically and verbally abusive to her.

Jackson, 29, filed a counterclaim on Friday morning with the Los Angeles County Superior Court, according to The Los Angeles Times. In the complaint, Jackson claimed that Palmer, 30, “repeatedly engaged in abusive conduct” and “acted as the primary aggressor” during their two-year relationship.

Several incidents are cited in the counterclaim between Aug. 20, 2021 to March 12, 2023, where Jackson claimed that Palmer “was verbally and physically abusive” and “frequently became agitated and aggressive after consuming alcohol.”

The former athlete alleged that the actress “punched [him] in the face” at a birthday party in August 2021, “punched the windshield of [his] car” while he was driving in January 2022, and “physically attacked [him] by choking and hitting [him]” at her Los Angeles residence on Feb. 28, 2022. 

Jackson also alleged in the filing that on March 12 of this year, Palmer had been drinking and called him multiple expletives after blaming him for a clogged shower drain. “I tried to de-escalate the situation and she became more enraged,” said Jackson in the counterclaim. 

On Thursday, Jackson suggested that he had gotten baptized on a post shared to his Instagram account. “There’s A LOT I can say but not allowed to say. And at this point, don’t even want to say. I will say, however, that God is & will always be your greatest ally," Jackson wrote under an Instagram video of him working out.

Earlier this month, Palmer, who recently quipped online that her life is "unraveling at the seams,” had reportedly agreed with Jackson to postpone their court date to attend mediation.

Latest in Pop Culture