Content warning: This story contains discussion and descriptions of domestic violence.
Josh Homme‘s children have been denied a restraining order against their father after a judge turned down their request.
According to legal documents obtained by TMZ, the Queens Of The Stone Age frontman’s two sons have filed for domestic violence restraining orders against him through their mother, The Distillers frontwoman Brody Dalle.
Orrin, 10, and Wolf, 5, reportedly claim that they’re scared Homme is going to hurt them, with Orrin alleging a recent incident occurred where his father grabbed his genitals.
The documents also outline claims where Orrin alleges that Homme is physically abusive — hitting his head, throwing things at him, flicking his ears — verbally taunts him, drives drunk with him and his brother in the car, and has made threats about murdering Dalle’s partner.
Wolf also makes similar claims and states that he’s scared to visit his father.
As TMZ reports, a judge in Santa Monica has now denied Orrin and Wolf’s request for a restraining order. It is the second time the request has been denied, following a judge in Los Angeles also turning the application down.
Speaking to TMZ, Homme’s attorney Susan Wiesner said: “Ms. Dalle has previously brought these claims to the police, DCFS and the presiding judge of the family law court, all of whom have declined to take any action based upon these spurious claims.”
In a later statement, Wiesner added: “The allegations made by Ms. Dalle against Mr. Homme are categorically false. In order to protect the children, we will not be making any further statements.”
NME has also reached out to Dalle’s representatives for comment.
It’s not the first time that Homme has had domestic violence allegations lodged against him. Dalle took out a restraining order following their 2019 divorce, claiming Homme showed up at her house and head-butted her.
Homme later took out a protection order against Dalle, alleging she would show up at events he was attending to trigger a violation of the order against him.
Rolling Stone also reports that Homme’s lawyers had filed legal paperwork over Dalle’s custody of Orrin, Wolf and their daughter Camille a week before their sons tried to obtain the restraining orders. In those documents, Homme reportedly said Dalle “refuses to return [the children] to me for my custodial time, has withheld them from school and is non-responsive as to their whereabouts”. That case will go to court on September 13.
Back in July, Dalle announced that she and her children had tested positive for COVID, calling the experience “pervasive, unsettling and brutal”.