Married at First Sight's Jessica Castro Is 'Terrified for Her Life,' Says Lawyer
"The threat that was conveyed was very disturbing," says Castro's lawyer Marc Rapaport
She had high hopes for a happy, lasting marriage going into Married at First Sight, but Jessica Castro is now going through a hellish divorce.
Last week, the reality star filed a restraining order against her husband Ryan De Nino – whom she met for the first time at the altar while shooting A&E’s social-experiment show in which couples are paired by a team of experts – and now Castro’s attorney Marc Rapaport tells PEOPLE his client is “terrified for her life.”
The petition alleges “there were two threats by Ryan to kill her. One of those threats was captured on a live microphone on the set while there was a filming of Married at First Sight,” says Rapaport, who confirmed the show offered Castro, 30, a security detail after the taping of the show’s reunion.
According to the New York Post, which obtained a copy of the sealed petition, De Nino, 29, told Castro: “I will break you into f—ing pieces, I will break your dad into pieces. I will make your whole family disappear – and your f—ing dog-ass sister’s boyfriend.”
“The threat that was conveyed was a very disturbing threat, not just in the language, but the tone of his voice,” adds Rapaport. “Right now, we are focused on one thing – keeping her and her family safe.”
The temporary restraining order remains in effect until July 13, when the Queens County Family Court is expected to hold a hearing regarding an extension of the order of protection.
The show’s production company Kinetic Content had no additional comment at this time, though they told PEOPLE Monday in a statement: “We don’t know all the details and can’t comment on the specifics. What we can say is that, unfortunately, couples on the show can go through real divorces, and divorce can often be difficult.”
The statement continued, “The experts on our show have the best of intentions and highest hopes for success for each couple. After undergoing extensive background and psychological checks by third parties, couples agree to be legally married on our show. We document their journey for six weeks after their wedding, but we can’t control how they behave or govern their actions after production. Our thoughts are with these individuals, and, as always, we have offered each of them significant aftercare resources. We wish them nothing but the best and hope they have a bright future ahead of them.”
De Nino could not be reached for comment.