MTV’s reality television stars Maci Bookout and Ryan Edwards were high school sweethearts who learned they were expecting a child together before they graduated.
Shortly after their son Bentley was born, the pair broke up. Both of them moved on and married other people. Bookout has two more children with her husband Taylor McKinney and Edwards has another child with his wife.
But coparenting Bentley has been very difficult for Bookout and Edwards.
And Edwards has also had multiple run-ins with the law.
As Dearly previously reported, Edwards was arrested two months ago for drug-related charges. Red Bank City Police confirmed that he violated his probation, which was the result of a previous possession of heroin charge.
Edwards has since claimed he is sober.
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But his relationship with Bookout is strained. According to E! News, Bookout requested two restraining order against Edwards. The first was for herself and the second was for her and her three children.
E! News obtained court documents that explained why Bookout was seeking a restraining order against Edwards. Bookout claimed that Edwards “left voicemail messages threatening to show up at my house and take my son,” and that Edwards “has made threats to show up and hurt me if I don’t answer my phone.”
Bookout accused Edwards of driving to one of their son’s baseball game while “under the influence of heroin.” There, he got in her face and threatened to hurt her.
Bookout said Edwards’ erratic behavior makes her fearful for her son’s safety:
I fear for my son’s safety because of these threats and proof that he drives while under the influence. His behavior and actions are getting worse, I am fearful for my three children and myself, and what he may do, based on his threats.
At a May 21 hearing on the matter, the judge “dismissed the ex parte order of protection and then entered a mutual restraining order,” according to a Hamilton County Circuit Court Public Information Officer.
Under the restraining order, neither party can go within a certain distance of each other. However, the restraining order does not have any restrictions on Ryan coming into contact with Bentley.
Edwards’ attorney, Jonathan Turner, explained to E!:
“We did agree to a restraining order where Ryan will not go within 100 feet of Maci and her current husband and their two children. Ryan has no exclusions with Bentley and is still able to see his son under the new restraining order. This gives Ryan a lot more protection against any false allegations, allows him to avoid getting arrested without a hearing first, and allows him to be around his son most importantly.
Ryan agreed to this outcome to make it easier on everyone and not go through a formal process of a trial. Moving forward Ryan hopes everyone can get through this without any issues and that he can see his son.”
Bookout has yet to make a public statement regarding their new agreement.
The restraining order will be active for two years.