Christeline Petersen, who appeared on the TLC show as the couple's prospective sister wife, alleges Dimitri and Ashley Snowden were abusive

By Naledi Ushe
April 28, 2021 12:18 AM
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Seeking Sister Wife stars Dimitri Snowden and Ashley Snowden have been accused of domestic violence by sister wife Christeline Petersen.

Petersen — who is from South Africa — appears on season 3 of the TLC show to pursue a relationship with Dimitri that began remotely.

On the TLC show, Petersen, a mother of two, visited Los Angeles for seven days as the Snowdens courted her to be a potential second wife to Dimitri and sister wife to Ashley.

According to court documents obtained by PEOPLE, Petersen filed a restraining order in March against the Snowdens stemming from alleged abuse she suffered "numerous times" over the past year.

She was granted a temporary restraining order against Dimitri. Petersen was not granted a temporary restraining order against Ashley due to the court needing more information on their relationship, but a protective order will be addressed in a hearing on Wednesday.

Dimitri Snowden/Ashley Snowden
Credit: TLC

It's unclear if Petersen ended up moving to the United States or returned to visit, but she and her children were staying with the couple in January. In the restraining order documents, Petersen describes Dimitri as her husband.

Christeline Petersen
Credit: TLC

According to the documents, Petersen claims in January Dimitri woke her up by "slamming my head into the headboard of the bed and he was yelling at me." Petersen filed a police report, she said.

She also claims in the documents that it wasn't the first time Dimitri allegedly slammed her head into the headboard over the past year.

The physical abuse, Petersen alleges in the documents, also occurred during sex.

Similarly, Petersen said Ashley was physically abusive in January and said Ashley "shoved me to prevent me from leaving the home my husband and I shared with her," per the documents.

"She also threw a bottle at me. She was verbally abusive and called me names."

"My children are scared of her due to her yelling at them and the violence in the home between her and my husband and me and her," Petersen said of Ashley.

Dimitri and Ashley did not immediately respond to PEOPLE's request to comment. TLC did not respond to PEOPLE's request to comment.

TMZ was first to report the news of the allegations.

If you are experiencing domestic violence, call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233, or go to thehotline.org. All calls are toll-free and confidential. The hotline is available 24/7 in more than 170 languages.