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Evander Holyfield's wife Candi has filed a restraining order against him, accusing him of abuse.

Candi says in court papers that Evander has been abusing her since about six months into their marriage, when she was pregnant with their first child.

She cites an alleged incident on February 1 of this year in the papers, claiming that she spoke to him in the middle of the night because their heat had been cut off and their children were cold.

Candi writes in the papers, "He told me that I was only thinking of myself, the children's hearts beat faster. I pulled the covers over my head and he said that I was being disrespectful. He started telling me that I needed to start putting God first in my life. He asked me if I had been tithing. He wanted me to show him the check stubs of my payments to the church. I told him I was not going to show them to him. He then hit me in the face, the back of my head twice, and in my back. I tried to get up and he told me not to get out of the bed. He got up and turned the light on and started looking at my face and told me he was sorry, that he knew he shouldn't have done that."

She writes that he has emotionally abused her, pushed her, grabbed her, threw a bottle of water at her, choked her in front of their daughter and housekeeper, and hit her in front of their children.

The court granted several requests to Candi, including granting her the temporary use and possession of the family home in Georgia. She was also granted temporary custody of their two young children, Ethan, 5, and Eve, 4. Evander may not have contact with either Candi or their children.

Evander is ordered to appear in court on February 18 regarding the matter.