The Real Housewives of Orange County's Gina Kirschenheiter’s recent domestic violence accusations and restraining order against her husband Matthew "Matt" Kirschenheiter will appear on Season 14. Although the incident didn't take place during the original timeframe when they were shooting, the producers think it's important enough for the film crew to cover it on Season 14.
The Real Housewives of Orange County and the franchise's spinoff shows are no strangers to legal and marital issues. In fact, Gina has been having legal issues due to her DUI back in January. According to her co-star Tamara Judge, Gina is the rockstar of season 14, bringing the drama and the interesting storylines. Fans are wondering if what she was referring to was her DUI charges or the domestic violence charges and restraining order she placed against her husband Matt. As Gina claimed that while preparing to take an Uber home from a friend's birthday party, Matt became enraged and departed the vehicle. She alleged that Matt broke into her house several hours later, after which time he viciously attacked her. The altercation prompted Matt to be charged and Gina to file a temporary restraining order against him, barring him from being within 100 yards of her and their three children.
A source told RadarOnline that Gina and Matt were in the middle of reconciliation when filming originally wrapped on June 22. However, producers decided to plan reshoots in order to get all of the new details in for season 14. The source says, “But since this is a part of her life now, it must be covered. They are currently scheduling reshoots so that they can get this all into the upcoming season 14... Gina knows that it would be impossible not to include this as part of her storyline because it is such big news.” Gina has since taken her children back with her to Long Island, NY to be near her family, recently posting pictures to her personal Instagram of her looking happy around friends.
On June 24, Matt's lawyer filed documents stating that he is “asserting his 5th amendment rights and is unable to substantively respond to the Petitioner’s factual assertions at this time.” According to the documents, the couple has a December 2018 judgment which grants them joint legal custody of the children. Matt has appealed for supervised visitation as well, and the lawyer claimed the children were not “physically present” during the alleged incident. Gina has indicated in the restraining order that Matt had previously been violent in the presence of the children. She currently has legal and physical custody until a hearing set for July 17, during which time the parameters of the order could change. A source revealed to RadarOnline that she has planned to fight for full custody of the kids.
Fans will have to watch season 14 to see how large of a role Gina's story will play in the upcoming season, but there will be time to put the events into proper context. Gina’s allegations against her husband are very serious, and somewhat sordid territory for The Real Housewives of Orange County to tread. However, the franchise has been known for its dedication to capturing all facets of the housewives’ lives - both the glamorous and unglamorous - and it’s hard to believe that Gina would participate in filming if she did not wish to do so. A topic such as this deserves the nuance not typically seen in a traditional Real Housewives episode, and hopefully, it will get it.
The Real Housewives of Orange County premieres Tuesday, August 6 at 9pm on Bravo.