Hollywood director claims ex-wife kidnapped their daughter


A Hollywood director – who is credited with a major romantic blockbuster – is claiming that his ex-wife kidnapped their 13-year-old daughter.

Director Nick Cassavetes, best known for directing the 2004 fan favorite, “The Notebook,” is claiming that his daughter, Barbie, is missing and that his ex-wife has her. According to TMZ, Cassavetes said Barbie disappeared with her mother, Heather Wahlquist, last month.

“My 13-year-old daughter Barbarella Cassavetes has gone missing, her mother repeatedly ignoring and disobeying court orders and stipulations,” Cassavetes reportedly told TMZ. “Heather Wahlquist is on the run, refusing to let me see Barbie, ignoring mandatory court appearances, and evading law enforcement.”

Cassavetes said he filed a criminal complaint against Wahlquist for violating their custody agreement, and further claims his daughter’s cell phone is turned off, leaving him unable to contact her.

“We believe her family, grandmother Linda Massad and Great-Aunt Jeanette Massad Anderson have been assisting in hiding Barbie and have also been served … I don’t know if she is OK or not, and I am extremely concerned for her well-being,” Cassavetes said.

Wahlquist tells a different tale. She reportedly told TMZ she is “terrified” of Cassavetes, and that he took their daughter away from her in August. She apparently believes Cassavetes is engaged in a “revenge plot” against her family and says she’s “terrified.”

Wahlquist accuses Cassavetes of inappropriate behavior in his communications with their teen daughter, saying that he sent a photo of his exposed butt, and a meme of Kevin Spacey, with a sexually explicit caption to the young girl.

She also accuses Cassavetes of making Christmas Eve creepy, as she and Barbie had to contend with Cassavetes during their holiday celebration. She accuses him of being parked outside of her home, taking photos and following them. However, Wahlquist maintains that Barbie “loves her papa.”

According to Fox News, in 2012, Cassavetes made statements that supported love in any capacity, including incest.

While promoting a film that featured an incestuous relationship between a brother and sister, the director reportedly said: “I’m not saying this is an absolute but, in a way, if you’re not having kids – who gives a damn? Love who you want. Isn’t that what we say? Gay marriage – love who you want? If it’s your brother or sister, it’s super weird, but if you look at it, you’re not hurting anybody, except every single person who freaks out because you’re in love with one another.”

Cassavetes has two additional daughters with his first wife, Isabelle Rafalovich, and is the son of actress Gena Rowlands, a four-time Emmy and two-time Golden Globe winner, whose entertainment industry career has spanned over six decades.

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