Bijou Phillips called Danny Masterson her “life-saving partner” just weeks before filing for divorce from the “That ’70s Show” star.
The actress submitted a letter of defense for her now-estranged husband before his rape conviction, telling the judge that she and their 9-year-old daughter, Fianna, were heartbroken by his absence.
“We need him more than you can imagine. I know he was convicted of serious crimes,” Phillips wrote, “but the man I married has been nothing but an amazing husband to me and a devoted father to our daughter.”
The “Raising Hope” star, 43, shared that even though Masterson, 47, had been behind bars, he remained a devoted father who called Fianna every day.
“He helps her with her homework every night. He teaches her math with kindness and patience,” she wrote.
“She is well above grade level in all subjects, reading three grades above her own, and this is thanks to her father’s guidance and attention.”
Despite numerous letters of support sent by Phillips, Ashton Kutcher, Mila Kunis and others, Masterson was sentenced to 30 years to life in prison earlier this month for raping two women in 2003.
The former model filed for divorce from the disgraced “Ranch” star Monday after nearly 12 years of marriage — and unwavering support for him throughout his trials.
Phillips listed the separation date as “TBD” and cited irreconcilable differences as the reason for the separation.
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She is seeking spousal support despite her prison sentence and has requested that any financial support for Masterson be denied, according to court documents obtained by Page Six.
Phillips also requested legal and physical custody of their only child.
“MS. Phillips has decided to file for divorce from her husband during this unfortunate time,” her attorney told TMZ on Tuesday. “Her priority remains with her daughter.”
Masterson’s attorney did not respond to Page Six’s request for comment.
The ‘Almost Famous’ actress’ shocking decision to divorce came after reports revealed she had no desire to separate from her husband.
“She has been through a very difficult time since her conviction,” a close source told People last week. “She loves Danny and has no plans to file for divorce.
“She’ll be by his side through everything.”
Phillips appeared with Masterson at every court appearance, including sentencing. He maintains his innocence and his lawyer plans to appeal.