Former 'American Idol' host Brian Dunkleman accused of abuse by estranged wife

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Former "American Idol" host Brian Dunkleman has been accused of abuse by his estranged wife in a recent filing by Kalea's lawyers petitioning for a legal separation.

According to the filing obtained by People, Kalea Dunkleman accuses TV personality of emotional and physical abuse in the documents, calling him a danger to their three-year-old son, Jackson. Following the couple's separation, Dunkleman moved to New York and obtained an emergency order that granted him sole custody.

"He has picked me up by the shoulders and thrown me into a couch while Jackson watched," the filing reads. "He has screamed at me, fist raised within an inch of my face, saying that he hates me; he has grabbed my arm, whipped me around and thrown me against a wall causing large bruises to my leg."

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Ryan Starr (left) and Tamyra Gray (right) with hosts Brian Dunkleman and Ryan Seacrest (rear) at the live broadcast of FOX-TV's 'American Idol' in Los Angeles, Ca. Wednesday, June 19, 2002. Photo by Kevin Winter/ImageDirect/FOX*** Please Call For Usage ***
Brian Dunkleman, Paula Abdul and Ryan Seacrest at the Fox Network's TCA Summer Tour Party at The Mondrian Hotel in West Hollywood, Ca. Monday, July 22, 2002. Photo by Kevin Winter/ImageDirect.
Brian Dunkleman, host, 'American Idol' during Fox Broadcasting Summer 2002 Press Tour - Day 2 at Ritz Carlton Hotel in Pasadena, California, United States. (Photo by Jean-Paul Aussenard/WireImage)
Ryan Seacrest, Brian Dunkleman and Nikki McKibbin at FOX-TV's 'American Idol' in Los Angeles, Ca. Tuesday, August 27, 2002. Photo by Kevin Winter/ImageDirect/FOX.*** Please Call For Usage ***
Ryan Seacrest and Brian Dunkleman at FOX-TV's 'American Idol' finals at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood, Ca. Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2002. Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images.
Ryan Seacrest, Kelly Clarkson, Justin Guarini and Brian Dunkleman at FOX-TV's 'American Idol' finals at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood, Ca. Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2002. Photo by Kevin Winter/ImageDirect.
Ryan Seacrest and Brian Dunkleman at FOX-TV's 'American Idol' finale at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood, Ca. Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2002. Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images
Hosts Ryan Seacrest and Brian Dunkleman with Kelly Clarkson and Justin Guarini before the announcement of the winner of American Idol at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood, Ca., Sept. 4, 2002. (photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
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Brian Dunkleman and guest during Beaches Resorts Celebrity Golf Classic to Benefit St. Jude Children's Research Hospital - Pairings Reception at Royal Plantation Golf and Spa Resort in Ocho Rios, Jamaica. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/WireImage)
Brian Dunkleman during Beaches Resorts Celebrity Golf Classic to Benefit St. Jude Children's Research Hospital at Royal Plantation Golf Resort and Spa - Beaches Resort in Ocho Rios, Jamaica. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/WireImage)
Pat O'Brien and Brian Dunkleman during Beaches Resorts Celebrity Golf Classic to Benefit St. Jude Children's Research Hospital - After-Party at Royal Plantation Golf Resort and Spa - Beaches Resort in Ocho Rios, Jamaica. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/WireImage)
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Brian Dunkleman and Christina Walkinshaw during Comedian Brian Dunkleman Performs at The Ice House - October 6, 2004 at The Ice House in Pasadena, California, United States. (Photo by Michael Schwartz/WireImage)
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LOS ANGELES - FEBRUARY 6: Actor Brian Dunkleman arrives at Ladies Home Journal's 'Funny Ladies We Love' at the Cabana Club on February 6, 2006 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 19: Host Brian Dunkleman attends the 6th Annual Toscar Awards at the Egyptian Theatre on February 19, 2013 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Allen Berezovsky/WireImage)
PASADENA, CA - MAY 23: Comedian Brian Dunkleman performs during his appearance at The Ice House Comedy Club on May 23, 2013 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Michael Schwartz/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 07: Host Ryan Seacrest (L) and Brian Dunkleman speak onstage during FOX's 'American Idol' Finale For The Farewell Season at Dolby Theatre on April 7, 2016 in Hollywood, California. at Dolby Theatre on April 7, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 07: Host Ryan Seacrest (L) and Brian Dunkleman speak onstage during FOX's 'American Idol' Finale For The Farewell Season at Dolby Theatre on April 7, 2016 in Hollywood, California. at Dolby Theatre on April 7, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 07: Host Ryan Seacrest (L) and Brian Dunkleman speak onstage during FOX's 'American Idol' Finale For The Farewell Season at Dolby Theatre on April 7, 2016 in Hollywood, California. at Dolby Theatre on April 7, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 07: TV personality Brian Dunkleman speaks onstage during FOX's 'American Idol' Finale For The Farewell Season at Dolby Theatre on April 7, 2016 in Hollywood, California. at Dolby Theatre on April 7, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 07: Brian Dunkleman poses in the pressromm at FOX's 'American Idol' Finale For The Farewell Season at Dolby Theatre on April 7, 2016 in Hollywood, California.at Dolby Theatre on April 7, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 07: Brian Dunkleman poses in the press room at FOX's 'American Idol' finale for the farewell season at Dolby Theatre on April 7, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 07: Brian Dunkleman poses in the press room at FOX's 'American Idol' finale for the farewell season at Dolby Theatre on April 7, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
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"Brian has locked me out of our house while Jackson looked at me through our back door, screaming for me, and done nothing," Kalea continues. "He has refused to let me go into the house and use the restroom, forcing me to urinate in the ivy in our backyard, smirking while I did so."

She also says that he has previously accused her of being "abusive, an unrepentant alcoholic, a danger to both Brian and Jackson and in some sort of improper relationship with a drug dealer," claims which she denies.

Though she has been diagnosed as an alcoholic, Kalea maintains that she has received treatment and poses no danger to her son. "Alcoholism is an insidious, cunning, powerful disease, but it has never overtaken the relationship between me and Jackson," the papers read. "We are two peas in a pod."

In the documents, Kalea calls for a joint custody agreement, with May 20 set as the deadline for a response.

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