Danica Dow and ex Brett Willis both work at SUR restaurant in West Hollywood

By Georgia Slater
August 05, 2020 12:44 PM
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Vanderpump Rules star Danica Dow and ex-boyfriend Brett Willis are in hot water.

On Monday, the SUR restaurant assistant manager filed and was granted a temporary restraining order against Willis, E! News confirmed.

Willis, who does not appear as a regular on the Bravo series, works alongside Dow as a bartender at the West Hollywood restaurant.

He told E! in a statement that the protective order came after the two "got in an argument at a house party."

"I want to handle this amicably," he told the outlet of their split. "We're around a lot of her girlfriends and I'm sure it looked like I was the bad guy. It was nothing physical, but it was an aggressive argument on both sides."

"For me, I want her to retract everything," he explained. "We work at the same establishment and I want us to be able to work and keep it professional and amicable."

Prior to the court order, Willis said his relationship with Dow was "toxic" and described it as "not there anymore."

"I still love her, but I also have to look out for myself," he added.

In a statement to PEOPLE, Willis denied being served a restraining order from Dow but claimed he had filed one of his own, against her.

“At this point in time, I have not officially received any legal notice of any actions taken against me by my ex girlfriend Danica Dow. But I can confirm that I have filed for, and been granted, a temporary restraining order by the Los Angeles Superior Court against Danica Dow," he said. "It is regrettable that circumstances have led to this, but I have to do what is necessary to protect myself from further harm and harassment. The distinguishing factor between my restraining order and her restraining order, is that I can say unequivocally that I have never been physically abusive towards Danica Dow. Unfortunately, she is not able to say the same. Her recent allegations are unfounded and severely taken out of context. Her statements made against me are not only inconsistent with the facts, but they are hurtful, unwarranted, and intentionally designed to cause damage to me personally and professionally."

Willis acknowledged the "ups and downs" of their relationship but insisted "there has never been any physical abuse that came from my end."

"In spite of everything, I still care for Danica as a friend and it is my sincere hope that she finds success and happiness," he continued. "Nevertheless, I need to take the proper steps to protect myself from further harm, and separate myself from the situation as reasonably and judiciously as possible. I am far from perfect, but I would never wish harm upon anyone. If there is a some way to find an agreeable and amicable resolution, then I will certainly work towards that. At the end of the day, I can only hope to continue to move forward in a positive direction, and I would ask the media and public to respect my privacy during these difficult times."

Dow did not immediately return PEOPLE's request for comment.

According to legal documents obtained by The Blast, Dow's restraining order asks that Willis stay 100 yards away from the reality star, her house, and her car.

Dow claims in that document that Willis "has a history of being physically and verbally abusive" and "has threatened me multiple times before."

The fight which Willis described was not the first altercation between the couple.

During season 8 of the Bravo series, Lisa Vanderpump suspended Dow from SUR for two weeks after getting into an altercation with Willis at the establishment.

Dow has removed any posts with Willis off of her social media, while her ex still has multiple photos of the couple together from last year.