For better or for worse, the Teen Mom cast are no strangers to the inside of a courtroom. From divorce paperwork to custody battles, most of them have spent their fair share of time lawyering up and duking it out.
There are some cast members who are probably professionals at the courtroom process just because they do it so often. But when Maci Bookout heads to court, you know it’s over something very serious.
News recently broke that Maci and her husband Taylor had filed a protective order against Maci’s baby daddy, Ryan Edwards. Given his recent heroin relapse, many fans believed this was to protect Bentley from seeing his father during this period of his life. In reality, it turns out that it’s much more complicated — and scarier — than it seems on the surface. Now it’s clear that Ryan has been violent and threatening toward Maci and her family, and the truth is finally all coming out.
Only days after it was announced that his wife, Mackenzie Standifer, is pregnant with his child, an upsetting update about Ryan came out. He was arrested on March 27 for heroin possession despite his time in rehab. But these legal woes aren’t the only ones that Ryan is facing off with. Now, he’s looking at a restraining order preventing him from seeing Maci, Bentley, or Taylor.
When this news came out, fans were immediately worried for Maci, since filing for a restraining order often means violence has occurred. Now, the truth about Ryan’s scary behavior is all coming out.
Threats of Violence
“He has left voicemail messages threatening to show up at my house and take my son,” Maci claimed. “He has made threats to show up and hurt me if I don’t answer my phone.”
He even made appearances while he was high! Maci claims that during one of Bentley’s baseball games, Ryan “showed up under the influence of heroin and got in my face, yelling and threatening to hurt me.” She claims that she has proof that Ryan drives while under the influence, making her fearful of leaving Bentley alone with him.
“His behavior and actions are getting worse,” Maci claimed. “I am fearful for my three children and myself, and what he may do, based on his threats.”
Apparently, Ryan has been extremely violent towards Taylor as well. “He called me on Tuesday, March 20th, 2018 and threatened to show up at my house and put a bullet in my head,” Taylor claimed in his own order, according to here. “The police were called and they suggested to seek an order of protection.”
According to an update from Radar, the judge continued the hearing until May 21 at 1:30pm. In the meantime, “The temporary protection order will stay in effect until their court hearing,” the clerk informed the outlet.
If granted, this order will prevent Ryan from “abusing, stalking or assaulting the filer(s), or threatening to do so. It also prevents [Ryan] from telephoning, contacting or communicating with the filer(s) in any way or through another person,” according to The Ashley’s Reality Roundup. The outlet also reports that a violation of this order could result in Ryan being jailed for up to 11 months and 29 days.