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Jeremy Renner's Ex-Wife Sonni Pacheco Claims He Put a Gun in His Mouth and Threatened to Kill Her

By Kayleigh Donaldson | Celebrity | October 14, 2019 |

By Kayleigh Donaldson | Celebrity | October 14, 2019 |


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According to documents obtained by TMZ, actor Jeremy Renner put a gun in his mouth, bragged about wanting to kill his ex-wife, Sonni Pacheco, then threatened to kill himself during an argument. The pair are currently engaged in a bitter custody battle over their 6-year-old daughter Ava. Pacheco is asking for sole custody of the child as well as monitored visitation for Renner. Pacheco claims that last November, Renner, while drunk and high on cocaine, began talking about wanting to kill her and telling someone that ‘he could not deal with her anymore.’

Text messages obtained by TMZ between Pacheco and Renner paint a bleak picture. In them, Pacheco claims that Renner is withholding her passport from her, something that was reported in 2015.


PACHECO: ‘So Ava’s passport is in your safe along with mine that you took. So I wouldn’t be able to fly without Ava’s passport. That leave me to the question…why are you holding MY stuff hostage? You are making all of this more complicated than it has to be. I know how private you are and I’m sure you want to keep it that way so let’s be adults and not make this a public matter.’

RENNER: ‘All is safe. And your threats are noted and acknowledged.’


In a later text, Pacheco alleges Renner yelled at her in front of their child, which he laughs off.


PACHECO: ‘Lose your number because I’m being civil and don’t want to be in this toxic relationship with you anymore? Because I have Ava’s best interest and got our of the car today because you would not stop yelling in front of her! Comon [sp] let’s be adults.’

RENNER: ‘Ha ha ha.’

PACHECO: ‘We both deserve better so let’s set each other free.’

RENNER: ‘Ha ha ha. I have NO idea what you’re saying. But you’re funny.’


Later on, some nasty jabs are made about mental illness.


PACHECO: ‘I’m never a victim. I’m a strong as [sp] woman that puts up with your bipolar episodes. Do here’s my chance to say, sorry the car was not washed, sorry there with [sp] little gas in the tank because I took Ava to the park yesterday. I am so so so so sry.’

RENNER: ‘I’ll put your victimized excuses in my pocket with the REST of them.’

PACHECO: ‘Ava and I had fun yesterday, so it was worth all your crazy shot [sp] today.’

RENNER: ‘Ha. Haha. Ha. By the way calling the kettle black. YOUR. Family is touched by the bi polar disorder. I only pray that unfortunate gene isn’t passed onto our baby. Though it’s clear and present danger is on your side of the family (that you don’t acknowledge). You can run. But you cannot hide Pacheco.’


Renner’s rep told TMZ: ‘The well-being of his daughter Ava has always been and continues to be the primary focus for Jeremy. This is a matter for the court to decide. It’s important to note the dramatizations made in Sonni’s declaration are a one-sided account made with a specific goal in mind.’



Kayleigh is a features writer for Pajiba. You can follow her on Twitter or listen to her podcast, The Hollywood Read.


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