TMZ: Darius Jackson denies abusing Keke Palmer, claims Keke’s mom threatened him

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Last week, Keke Palmer filed for and received an emergency domestic violence restraining order and temporary full custody of her son Leodis. Keke provided the court with video and photo documentation of Darius Jackson’s physical abuse, and she also made a detailed statement about Darius’s multiple instances of emotional and physical abuse. The judge granted all of the orders and there will be a hearing on December 5th about all of this. In the meantime, Keke’s mother and Darius’s mother have been involved in this situation for months. Keke’s mom Sharon has known about the abuse and she threatened to kill the man who was beating her daughter. This has become the centerpiece of Darius’s defense, that Sharon threatened to shoot him because he abused Keke.

Keke Palmer’s ex, Darius Jackson, is denying her bombshell abuse allegations — and is levying his own claims against her mother … whom he insists threatened to put a bullet in his head. Sources close to Darius tell TMZ the latest issue between the couple stems from an argument over the custody of their infant son, Leo. Per our sources … Darius had texted Keke about going to pick up his son to watch football last Sunday — but when he arrived to Keke’s place, Leo wasn’t there.

From there, an argument between Darius and Keke ensued, and at some point, Keke got her mom, Sharon, on the phone and put her on speaker — and we’re told Sharon was screaming/cussing Darius out. It was during that time when Sharon allegedly told Darius she’d put a bullet in his head … which brought things to another level.

Darius then attempted to wrestle Keke’s phone away from her — which our sources say is what’s depicted in one of KP’s exhibits from her restraining order filing last week … which shows them tussling and struggling on the couch.

We’re told Darius absolutely denies abusing Keke … and our sources say cops even came over and didn’t find any probable cause to arrest him for DV. They didn’t even file a report, we’re told … which our sources say backs up DJ’s account.

We’re told Darius’ mother, Yhinyer, caught wind of the bullet to the head threat, and texted Sharon over it.

We should note, Keke also included screenshots from an altercation between her and Darius on the stairs from Feb. 2022 in her restraining order filing — we don’t know what led to that incident.

In any case, our sources say Darius is sticking to his story … and that denies the recent allegations of abuse. A judge, of course, felt a temporary restraining order was warranted. Keke was granted her TRO … not to mention temporary sole custody of the child. A hearing on the matter is scheduled for Dec. 5 — where Darius will be able to plead his case.

TMZ update: A source close to Keke Palmer tells us Darius Jackson made his way into her home that Sunday and began to cuss Keke out as she was on the phone with Sharon. We’re told Sharon made the threat about the bullet because she feared for her daughter’s safety and couldn’t be there in person to protect Keke. We’ve also obtained Sharon’s response to the text message from Darius’ mother.

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I’m including the texts below – Darius’s argument is utter horses-t and he’s absolutely a domestic abuser. Did Darius actually run to his mom and cry about how Sharon threatened him after he abused Keke? Also, the TMZ brain trust needs to figure out a better way to write about domestic violence. “We don’t know what led to that incident” – as if there’s some justification or context for a man throwing his girlfriend on a staircase and violently attacking her? “Which shows them tussling and struggling on the couch” – he’s standing over a prone woman with his hands on her aggressively. That’s not “tussling.”

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  1. Embee says:

    Read this headline and instantly “DARVO” popped into my head. He sickens me

    • SAS says:

      Yea “TMZ will just publish anyone’s bullshit, won’t they” was my first thought before I even hit the end of the headline.

      • MissMarirose says:

        TMZ always, ALWAYS sticks up for abusers. It has happened time and time again. Harvey Levin is scum.

  2. Amy T says:

    Do not come for one of my children. Or anyone in my family. Keke did what she needed to do, I’m sure it’s painful and heartbreaking to have to have everything so public, but it’s comforting to know she absolutely has her mom – and presumably the rest of her family- in her corner. She and little Leo are going to need a strong support system and it looks like they’ve got it.

    • Lizzie Bathory says:

      Absolutely. Who could blame Sharon when her daughter & grandson are in danger every day?

      • Deering24 says:

        I’m all about gun control, but if ever there was a case that justified Mom doing serious packing, it’s this…

  3. Darius the videos don’t lie. Typical abuser behavior and it will get worse. I hope she has a great support group around her and very good security.

    • SarahCS says:

      Does he think we don’t have eyes?

      The audacity of abusers never fails to astonish me. They don’t understand how they could possibly be in the wrong.

  4. NotTheOne says:

    TMZ for the DARVO take. They are as bad as Andrew Tate.

  5. Ale says:

    This guy went to the Jonathan Majors School of Proving His Own innocence….
    Way to make a bad thing even worse.

  6. Nic919 says:

    So his defence is “I heard something on the phone and it made me physically retaliate on someone who never said anything”. Time for jail.

  7. Jenn says:

    This man really thought he could get away with abusing Keke Palmer scot-free; I’d like to threaten him too, tbqh

  8. Lizzie Bennett says:

    Wow! He choked his own sister 🤦🏾‍♀️ I understand mama bears protecting their own, but Darius’s mom has no valid argument. Don’t they say if a man chokes you he’s likely to ultimately kill you?

    • Deering24 says:

      NIce of Darius’ mom to overlook that salient issue. One can see where he probably gets part of his respect for women from…😡🤮

  9. Chantal1 says:

    I’m as upset about TMZ’s bs reporting as I am about the abuse and darius’s bs defense. “DJ made his way into her home and began to cuss Keke out as she was on the phone with Sharon…” is a nice way to say he BROKE into her house and started cussing her out. Flinging someone over a couch isnt “tussling”! He’s lucky that all her mother did was threaten him and that Keke didn’t have a gun, although she might need to get one. Unfortunately, most abusers ignore restraining orders and things tend to escalate. There appears to be an online campaign to discredit her but the security footage is pretty damning. I hope she and her baby stay safe and that she’s granted full custody and a permanent restraining order. And he should be in jail.

    • It Really Is You, Not Me says:

      I mean, what else can he say/do but try to deflect the blame by focusing on Sharon and calling the video footage a tussle over the cell phone (so he just admitted to robbery and assault, that dumb f*&k).⁸

      This is what abusers do. They tell half-stories or twisted stories if not outright lies so their supporters think they are the victim. It’s all part of DARVO. I really hope the court sees through this and protects Keke and her son. He needs no custody ever. That’s just another way for him to get into her home and threaten her for the next 18 years.

      As for Sharon, go ahead and file that police report. Let Sharon get her day in court detailing all the times she is aware of that you abused her daughter so she said those words in defense of her daughter as she heard you sbusing Keke once again without fesr of any consequences. And put it in front of a jury of other Mamas. No one is going to do anything to Sharon under these circumstances.

    • Snoozer says:

      Oh god. NO. She shouldn’t get a gun. When there’s a gun in a home and there’s been strangulation, the chance of the victim being killed with a gun go up massively: “The presence of a gun in a domestic violence situation increases the risk of homicide by 500%.”

      Hollywood isn’t real. Neither is NRA propaganda. A gun in your home does not keep you safe. And once it’s there it actually increases your chances of dying at the hands of your abuser, even if it’s your gun.

      She needs to press charges against him, she needs a restraining order, and she probably needs better security (not a gun).

  10. LooneyTunes says:

    Per her mom’s text, he had choked his own sister, y’all. 😳 #TeamKeke

  11. Rai says:

    Miss Sharon did not threaten that sorry sob; that was a promise. His mama doesn’t want that smoke.

  12. ML says:

    Of course TheManZone is charging in to help their latest man in need!🙄 And providing assistance to DJ’s lawyers.

    “ Did Darius actually run to his mom and cry about how Sharon threatened him after he abused Keke?” A classic move. When men misbehave one of the most basic defenses is finding a woman that they didn’t hurt to defend them. I hope Keke’s team wipes the floor with them.

  13. Lady Digby says:

    Darius’ behavior was violent and criminal so he needs to stop braying like a donkey trying to justify the unjustifiable.

  14. aquarius64 says:

    I’m just disgusted. TMZ enjoys family dysfunction because it gets them clicks. They’ll run from this mess if God forbid it ends in tragedy.

  15. TheOriginalMia says:

    She let him know the next time he breaks in to Keke’s house might be his last. She’s warning him to stay away from her daughter. Mama Sharon is doing him a favor. Don’t start none. Won’t be none.

    His mother is enabling him. Darius choked his sister. He’s already let the world know he was going to see his son, even though, he’s prohibited. The man has issues that he needs to address before he ends up in jail or the morgue.

  16. LocaLady says:

    Keke 💕 💪 🙏

  17. LocaLady says:

    Hugging you w my 💜 M. 🏡 🫂 I get it.

    You will persevere. Hope you and your son get your family home asafp. 🖖 🙏

  18. SIde Eye says:

    In a SHOCKING twist of events NO ONE EVER SAW COMING, TMZ sides with the abuser. In another plot twist the pick me mama who raised the POS who choked her own daughter (his sister) with zero consequences, says her son is innocent!

    Up next TMZ’s story on how Darius is the victim of parental alienation…

    “we don’t know what led to the incident” No sir. Nope. Not an incident. And we know exactly what led to it: a violent, unhinged, rabid, POS assaulted the mother of his child. What led up to it was his parents raised a violent sack of crap and dished out zero consequences – even when he attacks a family member. I mean I’m no expert, but my guess is that’s what led up to it.

  19. WTF says:

    Of course her mom threatened you, you were literally ATTACKING HER DAUGHTER at the time that she threatened you. That douche that owns TMZ is a lawyer. He knows better than this. In every state that I know of, a person is allowed to actually use lethal force to protect another from serious bodily injury. Sooooooo not only can she threaten to put a bullet through your head, she could actually do it, and not get in trouble. Please be for real right now.

    And this is trivial, but you can tell Darius doesn’t have a pr team; you’re coming to get an 8 month old to watch football? That’s the best you could come up with? How about, I just wanted to spend time with my son? Idiot. Even your lies are dumb.

    • Meghan says:

      Yes, the whole “I want to get my son so we can watch football!” was sticking out to me as well. Who is he trying to impress with that? Manly men who football with their sons? I love football, I am a woman who tried to get her son to watch football from the day he was born and that is just the dumbest reason ever. We know you were going to get Leo and your plan was to keep him, dude. And AFTER posting that whole “I’ll see you soon” dude. Just stop. (Actually, scratch that keep up with the stupid so that Keke can annihilate you in court)

  20. CatMum says:

    calling TMZ a “brain trust” is the sarcasm of the week! lol “brain” and TMZ in the same sentence.