Nicolas Cage and ex Christina Fulton have not met their three-year-old granddaughters amid a ‘nightmare’ legal battle with son Weston Coppola Cage’s estranged wife Hila Arounian.
Christina, 56 – who dated Cage, 59, from 1988-1991 – and Weston, 33, are both suing Arounian for defamation, with the pair alleging in lawsuits that Arounian embezzled $100,000, engaged in a smear campaign against them and requested a ‘fraudulent restraining order’ that stopped Fulton and her family from seeing Weston’s twin girls, Venice and Cyress.
Thrice-married Weston tied the knot with Hila in 2018 before welcoming their daughters in 2020. He is also father to sons Lucian, nine and Sorin, seven with ex-wife Danielle, who he was wed to from 2013-2016.
Lawsuit documents obtained by Page Six read: ‘This type of character assassination is part of a disturbing pattern of behavior in which Ms. Arounian levies false, malicious allegations against people as a means of coercion and manipulation.’
Christina told The US Sun of Arounian: ‘She has created a hostile narrative and environment that makes it impossible for the family to see or have a relationship with the children both privately and publicly.
Tough time: Nicolas Cage and ex Christina Fulton have not met their three-year-old granddaughters amid a ‘nightmare’ legal battle with son Weston Cage’s ex Hila Arounian (pictured 1998)
Happier times: Thrice-married Weston tied the knot with Hila in 2018 before separating this year – they share twin girls Venice and Cyress (pictured together 2018)
‘It is devastating not to see these kids. Nicolas and I haven’t been able to meet our two beautiful little granddaughters at all since they were born. We’re in a quiet, horrible nightmare. It’s insane, painful, hurtful, devastating.’
She added that not being able to meet the twins has been ‘painful, hurtful and shocking’ – while she has a ‘beautiful relationship’ with Weston’s sons.
Weston added to the publication: ‘I have been a target of defamation for my entire life. I’ve stayed quiet but now that I am facing the worst traducement and defamation yet I will be taking immense and aggressive action.’
In her lawsuit, Christina also alleges Arounian of being ’emotionally abusive’ and manipulating Weston into ‘alienating himself from his family.’
Weston’s lawsuit sees him accuse Arounian of ‘taking advantage’ of him while he was in recovery from ‘mental health issues’. He also claimed she spread ‘malicious lies’ in ‘retaliation’ to him filing for divorce.
Christina’s lawsuit alleges Arounian’s lies included false claims that Fulton encouraged Weston to sleep naked in bed with her until he was 17 and encouraged her son to take Xanax.
Christina also alleges Arounian manipulated Weston into filing a restraining order against her in July 2020 after the twins were born. The case was later dismissed the next month after Weston did not appear in court.
Christina claims Arounian threatened Weston with not being allowed to see their children if he did not file the restraining order.
Christina, 56 and Weston, 33, are both suing Arounian for defamation, with the pair alleging in lawsuits that Arounian embezzled $100,000, engaged in a smear campaign against them and requested a ‘fraudulent restraining order’ (Weston and Christina pictured 2007)
Daughters: Hila and Weston are pictured with Venice and Cyress
Sons: He is also father to sons Lucian, nine and Sorin, seven with ex-wife Danielle (pictured with partner Ermelinda Manos)
The defamation lawsuit also alleges this request came after Fulton found out about Arounian’s alleged embezzlement from Weston while he was recovering from mental health issues.
It was further claimed by Christina that Arounian filed for another restraining order against her and Weston ‘under false pretenses’ earlier this year – which was later rejected by a judge.
Christina and Weston are both seeking unspecified damages.
Arounian declined to comment to The US Sun. DailyMail.com has contacted representatives for Nicolas Cage and Weston Coppola Cage for comment.
Weston was previously married to South African singer and songwriter Nikki Williams from 2011 to 2012.
Nicolas married fifth wife Riko Shibata, 29, in 2021 and they welcomed their daughter August on September 7 the following year.
The wedding came less than two years since Cage notoriously asked for an annulment four days after his fourth marriage to Erika Koike on March 23, 2019.
The Leaving Las Vegas actor argued that he was too intoxicated to understand what he was doing.
The notoriously wild-living star has had a rollercoaster love life.
Father and son: Weston is pictured with dad Nicolas in 2016
He married first wife Patricia Arquette in April 1995 and the couple divorced in May 2001.
His second marriage was to Elvis Presley’s only daughter Lisa Marie Presley.
The two tied the knot during a secret ceremony in Hawaii in August 2002 on the 25th anniversary of Elvis’s death.
Cage married third wife Alice Kim in July 2004 after meeting her while she worked as a waitress in a Los Angeles restaurant.
The couple had son Kal-El in October 2005 and announced they had separated in 2016 after it was revealed that Kim had been cheating on Cage with a Las Vegas bartender.
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