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 ahead of his sentencing for 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 has been convicted of serious crimes,” Phillips wrote, “but the man I married has only been an extraordinary husband to me and a devoted father to our daughter.”
The “Raising Hope” star, 43, shared that although Masterson, 47, had been behind bars, he remained a devoted father who called Fianna every day.
“He helps her with homework every night. He teaches her math with kindness and patience,” she wrote.
Bijou Phillips called Danny Masterson a “life-saving partner” and “devoted father” in a letter of defense written before she filed for divorce.dannymasterson/Instagram
“She is far above grade level in all subjects, reading three grades above her own, and that is thanks to the guidance and attention of her father.”
Despite the numerous letters of support sent by Phillips, Ashton Kutcher, Mila Kunis and more, Masterson received a 30-year-to-life prison sentence 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.
“We need him more than you can imagine,” she implored in the letter before he was sentenced to 30 years to life in prison for raping two women.WireImage for PMK/HBH
Phillips listed the date of separation as “TBD” and cited irreconcilable differences as the reason for the split.
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She is seeking spousal support despite his prison sentence and requested that any financial support for Masterson be denied, per court documents obtained by Page Six.
Phillips also requested legal and physical custody of their only child.
The “Raising Hope” actress had remained by the “That ’70s Show” star throughout his trials.AP
“Ms. Phillips has decided to file for divorce from her husband during this unfortunate time,” her attorney told TMZ Tuesday. “Her priority remains with her daughter.”
Masterson’s lawyer didn’t return Page Six’s request for comment.
The “Almost Famous” actress’ shocking decision to divorce came after reports that she had no desire to split from her husband.
She filed for divorce Monday after nearly 12 years of marriage.dannymasterson/Instagram
“She has had a very difficult time since the conviction,” an insider told People last week. “She loves Danny and has no plans to file for divorce.
“She will be by his side for it all.”
Phillips appeared with Masterson at every court appearance, including his sentencing. He has maintained his innocence, and his attorney plans to appeal.