Documents filed in the divorce of actress Roma Downey describe husband David Anspaugh's growing depression as her career rose and his movie directing career collapsed in recent years.
A judge had ordered the divorce proceedings sealed, but new motions and affidavits filed by Anspaugh's attorney on Friday were in a 3rd District Court basket available to the public.Downey, star of the popular television series "Touched by an Angel," filed for divorce from Anspaugh on Feb. 27. The series is filmed in Salt Lake City, and the couple's main home is here. They've been married 21/2 years.
According to Anspaugh, Downey moved into his Santa Monica apartment around Thanksgiving 1993. Less than a year later, Downey was offered a role in a pilot of "Touched by an Angel." About the same time, Anspaugh began directing what would become the box-office flop "Moonlight and Valentino."
The rise of Downey's career and the collapse of Anspaugh's added to the director's growing depression, he says. Exercise, changes to his diet and doses of Prozac did little to lift his malaise.
Finally, while Anspaugh was in Arizona undergoing inpatient treatment for Bi-polar Syndrome II, Downey filed for divorce and began sheltering the couple's daughter from the director, Ans-paugh claims.
"Petitioner and I have a beautiful daughter from our marriage whom I love very much," he says. "I desire to exercise visitation. . . . However, Petitioner has obstructed my efforts to visit, claiming I am harassing her."
Detailing his own collapse into depression and unemployment, Anspaugh asks the court to order Downey to pay him $25,795 in monthly child support and alimony while the divorce is litigated.
Anspaugh claims Downey earns $2.4 million a year starring in "Touched by an Angel," and income in excess of $600,000 a year acting in television movies.
"I do not have a project right now, have no income and am in need of support," says Anspaugh, 50, director of the successful films "Hoosiers" and "Rudy." Downey is 34.
In motions filed Friday, the director asks for a psychologist to mediate visitation rights and enough furniture from the couple's Utah home to allow him and the couple's daughter to live in the manner in which they have become accustomed when she visits Anspaugh in the couple's Santa Monica home.
The director also is asking the court to vacate a protective order initiated on April 2. Downey received a protection order against Anspaugh based on "false and baseless misrepresentations," Anspaugh claims.
The order requires Anspaugh have only supervised visits with the couple's daughter.
In an affidavit, Anspaugh said he has tried to talk with Downey about why she wants a divorce and she only hangs up on him. When he recently went to the couple's home in suburban Salt Lake City to recover an address book, Downey ridiculed him, he said.
He claims Downey called him a "a thief, liar and drug abuser," accusations he called baseless.