Ashley Johnson of 'Critical Role' Files Restraining Order Against Ex Brian Foster
The Last of Us star Ashley Johnson filed a restraining order against her former fiancé and previously Critical Role colleague, Brian Wayne Foster, for allegations of domestic violence according to legal documents recently obtained by The Blast.
In the filing, which comes weeks after Johnson and Foster called it quits after more than a decade together, the star explained she sought the protection order following months of mistreatment, noting that her former partner was “close to the edge, has the ability to murder, and will cause harm not only to me but to them.”
“May 15, 2023, the police issued an (Emergency Protective Order) due to (Brian) having attempted to extort $150,000 from me (television/film actress), his history of verbal abuse, his very unhinged mind from his addictive use of narcotics and several other reasons,” read the filing.
Though Johnson has yet to address the matter publicly, several of her fans flocked to her accounts to express their support for the streaming star.
This is an Ashley Johnson appreciation tweet.— KhaosNite @ CDL Major V Toronto (@KhaosNite) May 23, 2023
This woman is an inspiration, and I hope she is safe and well. pic.twitter.com/SKUhIVs0dq
“Hope you’re okay and safe❤️,” wrote Instagram user @cathydiamonds on Johnson’s most-recent post from mid-March. “You’re so strong. I’m so sorry you are having to go through this ”
“This is an Ashley Johnson appreciation tweet,” Twitter user @KhaosNite explained, alongside a snap of the actress. “This woman is an inspiration, and I hope she is safe and well.”
TLOU Fans and Critical Role fans getting prepared to protect Ashley Johnson with out lives. pic.twitter.com/NxTl3k01x2— Tom Dalziel (@ManlyPelican) May 23, 2023
“All I want to say is that we love you very much and we will be here supporting you. We will always be here for you,” penned @Esther_Rainn, adding the hashtags “#WeLoveYouAshley” and “#ashleyjohnson.”
Meanwhile, others encouraged her fanbase to give her space and refrain from reading the legal documents until Johnson speaks about the issue publicly.
You can feel relieved that Ashley Johnson is okay and be concerned for her wellbeing while still respecting her privacy.— KT✖️✖️ (@TheBookishBugg) May 23, 2023
When and if she feels comfortable speaking about it, you can show her support, but intentionally seeking out leaked personal documents is not okay.
“You can feel relieved that Ashley Johnson is okay and be concerned for her wellbeing while still respecting her privacy,” added @TheBookishBugg. “When and if she feels comfortable speaking about it, you can show her support, but intentionally seeking out leaked personal documents is not okay. ”
A formal hearing on the matter is scheduled for next month, but until then, we can only offer Johnson privacy and support as she navigates these tough times.
If you or someone you know is experiencing domestic abuse, help is out there. Call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 800-799-7233.