In June, "Clueless" star Stacey Dash filed for divorce in Pasco County, Florida, after splitting from fourth husband Jeffrey Marty. The actress-turned-conservative political commentator married the attorney in April 2018 not long after meeting him, reports revealed at the time, and listed Oct. 1, 2019, as their date of separation, TMZ reports.
Now comes news that Jeffrey is seeking an annulment, TMZ reports — and his reasons for wanting the marriage neutralized are interesting, to say the least.
According to an Aug. 19 report from TMZ, Jeffrey has filed new court documents responding to Stacey's divorce filing in which he, as TMZ explains, "claims he only took his vows after Stacey's pastor put some serious religious pressure on him."
He alleges that 10 days before the wedding, Stacey's pastor "unexpectedly and suddenly proclaimed that it was God's will" that he and the actress get married, and that other clergy members also pressured him. Jeffrey further claims that due to the use of "hypnotic prayer techniques," TMZ reports, he was unable to legitimately consent to the union.
According to TMZ, Stacey also wants a judge to annul the marriage as soon as possible. However, she and her attorneys claim that Jeffrey, as TMZ puts it, "didn't show any unusual signs about his mental state at the time."
The pair have had a roller coaster relationship. In September 2019, Stacey was arrested on suspicion of domestic violence after, according to reports and a 911 call, she got into an argument with her husband and his daughters. She claimed the incident had been blown out of proportion, and Jeffrey agreed. "Today, the State Attorney made the right call by declining to file charges against my wife, @staceydash," he wrote in a statement shared on Twitter. "She was arrested over my objection at the time, but due to the pending investigation, I waited to comment until now. We both look forward to getting this behind us."
According to Stacey's divorce filing, they separated two days after the incident.