Keke Palmer Files to Mediate Custody Battle With Darius Jackson in Private

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Last month, Keke Palmer filed a restraining order against her ex-boyfriend Darius Jackson, alleging that he physically and emotionally abused her throughout their two-year relationship. Palmer is also seeking sole custody of their 8-month-old son, Leodis. But now, a few weeks after her initial filing, Palmer and Jackson are mediating their custody arrangement privately and have requested that a hearing regarding the restraining order be postponed.

According to People, in the original restraining order filing Palmer alleges that during their relationship there were “many instances of physical violence,” including Jackson “grabbing me around the neck, destroying my personal property, including diaries and prescription eyeglasses, throwing my belongings into the street, throwing my car keys to prevent me from driving away, hitting me in front of our son, spewing profanities about me to our son, threatening to kill himself with a gun if I left him, harassment and other physical and emotional abuse.”

Per “Page Six,” the former couple “agree that all orders contained in the Temporary Restraining Order issued on November 9, 2023, shall remain in full force and effect until the hearing.”

The latest round of court documents, obtained by “Page Six,” state that Palmer and Jackson started mediation on Wednesday. The exes have agreed to continue talking at a “mutually agreeable date” that has yet to be set. As part of this latest filing, Palmer and Jackson are requesting that an upcoming court date for the restraining order be delayed while they try to resolve their custody arrangement privately.

Although the relationship apparently ended in October, Palmer alleges that the abuse did not. Shortly before the restraining order was filed, she says, “Darius trespassed into my home without my knowledge or consent, threatened me, then physically attacked me — lunging for my neck, striking me, throwing me over the couch, and stealing my phone when I told him I was going to call the police.” According to People, the filing includes screenshots of security-camera footage of a man striking a woman over a sofa.

Describing another incident of abuse that she says took place in February 2022, Palmer alleges that Jackson “body slammed [her] onto the stairs by her neck.” Two months later, while they were at a restaurant together, Jackson allegedly became angry with Palmer and accused her of flirting with a woman, leading the two to leave. When they got home, Palmer claims “Darius grabbed my prescription eyeglasses away from me, threw them on the ground and stomped on them. He then opened my bag, threw all of my belongings onto the pavement in the rain, and threw my car keys across the parking lot before he got into his own car and drove off.”

Palmer says the abuse wasn’t just physical. “Darius would ‘love bomb’ me and make me feel like I was the most important woman in the world, only to get extremely distant and cold over a perceived insult to him. If we were at a party or event, and I spoke with one person too long or looked at someone ‘a certain way’ he would storm off in a rage telling me I was a ‘slut’ and a ‘whore,’ accuse me of cheating on him, and that I did not love him. Darius had a way of gaslighting me to make me feel like I was doing something wrong even though I wasn’t.”

The public got a glimpse of the apparent instability of Palmer and Jackson’s relationship over the summer when Jackson commented on a photo of Palmer, shaming her for an outfit she wore to an Usher concert. Following that incident, fans speculated that the two had broken up, but, according to the filing, the relationship ended “for good” in October.

The Cut has reached out to a representative for Jackson for comment and will update this post when we hear back.

This post has been updated.

Keke Palmer Files to Mediate Custody Battle in Private