Keke Palmer’s ex Darius Jackson ‘denies her abuse allegations’

Darius Jackson has denied his ex Keke Palmer‘s allegations of abuse and has also claimed he was threatened by her mother Sharon, according to a new report.

TMZ has reported that Jackson claims Keke’s mother Sharon threatened to ‘put a bullet in his head’ during an altercation with her over speaker phone.

Keke, 30, was recently granted a restraining order against Jackson and sole custody of their eight-month-old son, Leodis.

She alleged in civil court documents that she suffered physical and emotional abuse at the hands of Darius, with whom she shares son Leodis.

TMZ reports Sharon’s threat was made after the couple got into a argument over custody of Leo on November 5, an incident which was detailed in Keke’s restraining order filing.

Darius Jackson has denied his ex Keke Palmer's allegations of abuse and has also claimed he was threatened by her mother Sharon

TMZ has reported that Jackson claims Keke's mother Sharon threatened to 'put a bullet in his head' during an altercation with her over speaker phone

Darius went to pick up his son Leo to watch football last Sunday after informing Keke via text message of his plans, but was upset to find their son was not at her home when he arrived. 

This led to an argument between Keke and Darius, and eventually Sharon was brought into the dispute after Keke called her up.

Sharon was placed on speaker phone, and allegedly began screaming and saying expletives to Darius. She also allegedly informed Darius she would put a bullet in his head, which escalated the altercation.

Darius then allegedly tried to grab Keke’s phone from her. Insiders claim this particular tussle was captured in images submitted last week as as part of Keke’s restraining order. The images show them in the midst of a struggle on a couch.

The restraining order also included photos of a separate altercation from February 2022. 

Insiders say Darius completely denies abusing the actress, and the sources claim police were sent to the home but did not find any probably cause to arrest him for domestic violence.

Police also didn’t file a report, the source claims. Insiders add this backs up with Darius has been saying.

Afterwards, Darius’ mother sent Sharon an angry text after she learned of the alleged bullet threat.

A screenshot of the message obtained by TMZ reads: ‘Hello Sharon. How are you? I have tried not to get involve in my son’s personal business, but I heard that you are going to put a Bullet in my sons head??? Well, then now we have to involve the authorities, because you don’t respect or value yourself and I can see no my son’s life. You might have to kill all of us. I will file a police report on you now.’

Sharon allegedly responded: ‘Please do not contact me with this ridiculous childish behavior your son choked his own sister, deal with his anger issues, if he attacks my daughter in her own where she pays the bills he is trespassing and anything can happen so he should stay away. You should be very ashamed to have raised a man who fights women.’  

Darius is standing by his account and has denied the abuse allegations, according to TMZ. 

TMZ has reported that Jackson claims Keke's mother Sharon threatened to 'put a bullet in his head' during an altercation with her over speaker phone

The exes will meet again in court at a hearing scheduled for December 5.

An insider connected to Keke also spoke with TMZ about the alleged altercation and threat. They claimed Darius entered Keke’s home and began swearing at her while she was speaking with her mother on the phone. 

The source claims Sharon made the bullet threat as she ‘feared for her daughter’s safety and couldn’t be there in person to protect Keke,’ writes TMZ.

Palmer described the November 5 incident in her filing as well.

She alleges the incident occurred after they split up, and she was on her phone with her mother. She says she was ‘startled’ to see her ex enter the bedroom door, according to NBC News.

Keke claims they lived separately and she had not allowed him to come to her place.

She alleges Jackson was filming her on his phone and he demanded to see Leo. He refused to leave after she asked him to do so.

‘I tried to remain calm, but as I was again asking him to leave, he stood up from the chair, walked towards me, and made sure there was no furniture between us. He was yelling, leaning into me, getting into my face. At that point, he lunged at me, grabbing at my neck and face, knocked me backwards over the couch, stole my phone out of my hands, and then ran out of the house,’ she said.

Jackson tried driving away, and Palmer tried blocking him by placing garbage cans in his exit. However, while doing so, she claims he nearly hit her with his car.

Law enforcement were brought in afterwards, and they told Jackson to leave and warned him not to return after interviewing Keke, her sister and her ex.

She was encouraged to file a domestic violence restraining order by the officers, according to NBC.

According to documents obtained by People, on Thursday, the Los Angeles County judge granted a temporary restraining order that states Jackson must stay at least 100 yards away from Palmer and Leodis. Palmer was also granted sole custody of their child. 

The legal order also encompasses ‘any childcare or schooling established for the infant.’

Under the TRO, Jackson is not allowed visitation with Leodis – with a hearing set for December 5 to determine the next steps.

Security camera footage submitted with the filing captures the alleged November 5 incident and another from February 2022 where Jackson  ‘body slammed [her] onto the stairs by my neck’.

Darius is standing by his account and has denied the abuse allegations, according to TMZ

That incident stemmed from Palmer showing Jackson a photo of her ‘workout results’ at a friend’s party, sending him into a rage, the star alleges. has reached out to Palmer’s representatives for comment on this story.

In response, Jackson posted a picture of him holding his child on X. The caption reads: ‘I love you, son. See you soon.’

In the restraining order request, which she filed in Los Angeles on Thursday, it was noted that the relationship — which began in 2021 — ‘finally ended for good’ early last month ‘primarily due to the physical and emotional abuse inflicted.’

Palmer alleges that Jackson would also ‘love bomb’ her during their relationship.

‘The abuse during our relationship was not just physical, but emotional and manipulative,’ she said. ‘Darius would “love bomb” me and make me feel like I was the most important woman in the world, only to get extremely distant and cold over a perceived insult to him.

‘If we were at a party or event, and I spoke with one person too long or looked at someone a “certain way,” he would storm off in a rage – telling me I was “slut” and a “whore,” accuse me of cheating on him, and that I did not love him.’

The exes welcomed their son Leodis into the world earlier this year

‘Darius had a way of gaslighting me to make me feel like I was doing something wrong even though I wasn’t,’ she wrote in documents.

Palmer alleged there have been ‘many instances of physical violence’ with Jackson, including him ‘hitting’ her in front of their son.

In April 2022, Palmer said that she was out for dinner with Jackson in Santa Barbara when he accused her of flirting with a woman, forcing them to come home early.

‘Darius grabbed my prescription eyeglasses away from me, threw them on the ground and stomped on them. He then opened my bag, threw all of my belongings onto the pavement in the rain, and threw my car keys across the parking lot before he got into his own car and drove off,’ she alleges.

Other incidents listed by Palmer reportedly involved him ‘destroying personal property, including diaries and prescription eyeglasses’ as well as throwing Keke’s ‘belongings into the street.’

She also accused him of ‘throwing my car keys to prevent me from driving away, spewing profanities about me to our son, threatening to kill himself with a gun if I left him, harassment, and other physical and emotional abuse.’

In her filing Keke also expressed being ‘concerned for Leo’s safety’ due to prior incidents.

She claimed that on September 26, 2023 Darius became ‘very frustrated with him when Leo was crying while Darius changed his diaper.’

Palmer explained that her former partner ‘started getting rough with Leo physically and I stepped in to make sure Darius would not hurt him.’

She continued: ‘Darius was angry and it almost became a tug of war with Leo. Darius finally let go and Leo was not harmed, but as I was holding Leo trying to comfort him and finish changing his diaper, Darius hit me in the head before storming out of the room.’

Keke also shared incidents of emotional abuse, writing, ‘If we were at a party or event, and I spoke with one person too long or looked at someone a “certain way”, he would storm off in a rage – telling me I was “s**t” and a “w***e,” accuse me of cheating on him, and that I did not love him.’

Palmer pictured with her mother back in 2015

Keke revealed it was the birth of their son that helped her make the decision to end their relationship.

‘It is because of our son, Leo, that I was finally able to end my relationship with Darius once and for all and escape the abuse. Leo is the most important thing in the entire world to me; he needs and deserves to be safe and grow up in an environment free from violence,’ she wrote.

This comes after Palmer’s mother broke her silence after the actress accused her ex Jackson of repeated ‘physical and emotional abuse’ – and claimed she told his brother Sarunas he was abusive one year ago.

Palmer’s mother Sharon took to Instagram on Thursday to share a video message slamming his brother Sarunas for branding Jackson ‘a disgusting, vile, abusive, manipulative person’ in a now deleted Tweet.

Sharon said: ‘For Sarunas Jackson to post on his Twitter the ridiculous stuff he posted when he knew his brother was abusive.

‘I went to Sarunas over a year ago and told him that his brother was abusive to my daughter, and he said, “Well, I used to be like that too.” So now he’s posting on Twitter like he’s this special guy when we know he’s the biggest f***boy in Hollywood; he’s disrespectful to women just like his brother.’

She also claimed Sarunas ‘taught his brother how to be abusive’ and added: ‘He don’t get to act like he’s this special guy. No. You’re a f***boy, and you’re part of the problem.’

The video was captioned: ‘I dare you , mess with my family. family means everything to me ! you and your family act like sociopaths and like the world can’t see it. you are phony ! and i saw you from day one, my daughter is kind and our family treated you with kindness and this is how you treat it. i won’t take this laying down anymore IM DONE!’

Comment: She also claimed Sarunas 'taught his brother how to be abusive' and added: 'He don¿t get to act like he¿s this special guy. No. You¿re a f***boy, and you¿re part of the problem' has contacted Saruna Jackson’s representative for comment.

Sarunas’ deleted Tweet on Friday read: ‘The most disgusting, vile, abusive, manipulative person I have EVER encountered in my entire life… Abuses almost everyone. Y’all will see…

‘Just send positive energy to he babies… Any child in the middle of something like this does not deserve it AT ALL. Wow. So damn sad.’

Keke and Darius’ relationship hit a rough patch when he went viral for tweeting his disapproval of a tight, sheer, thong bodysuit dress she wore to attend Usher’s Las Vegas residency in July.

At the time, he wrote online, ‘It’s the outfit tho… you a mom.’

When fans came to Palmer’s defense, Jackson doubled down as he fired off a second tweet defending himself.

‘We live in a generation where a man of the family doesn’t want the wife & mother to his kids to showcase booty cheeks to please others & he gets told how much of a hater he is,’ he said.

‘This is my family & my representation. I have standards & morals to what I believe. I rest my case,’ he added.

Meanwhile, Palmer did not address the situation explicitly, but appeared on Instagram to share outtakes from the evening and tell fans she wished she had taken more photos.

Concerned: In her filing, Keke expressed being 'concerned for Leo¿s safety' after Darius 'started getting rough with Leo physically' after becoming frustrated by his crying

Usher later commented on the post, writing, ‘The Big Boss!! Thank U for coming.’

Following the incident, the pair unfollowed each other on Instagram but they later celebrated Palmer’s birthday together in August.

In an episode of her podcast Baby, This Is Keke Palmer that was recorded before the drama, Darius admitted to having high standards for his romantic partners.

In the clip, shared one week after the couple made headlines, Palmer asked Jackson how he felt when they decided to go public with their romance.

The fitness instructor revealed he felt ‘pressure’ to be perfect, and confessed to holding Keke to that same standard of perfection.

‘You almost feel that pressure of needing to be perfect,’ Jackson answered.

Relationship drama: Darius publicly criticized Keke over the summer, after she wore a sheer black dress over a thong bodysuit to an Usher concert

Showstopper: The actress  had her famous derriere nearly on  display in the sheer ensemble

‘And so, it really confused me and infiltrated my mind because not only did I have to hold myself to that perfect standard, I was also holding you to a perfect standard as well,’ he added.

Although fans have speculated that Keke and Darius may have broken up either before or immediately after the wardrobe drama, neither party has confirmed their current relationship status.

In August Jackson posted a short video clip of Palmer snuggling with their son on social media.

‘Happy Birthday to a one of a kind being. Hoping your 30s brings you many joys & triumphs,’ he wrote.

When Keke stopped by the Today show in September, Hoda Kotb and Jenna Bush Hager pressed her about her relationship.

‘You know, I’m going to take a page out of my girl Beyonce’s book… mind y’all’s business!’ Palmer told the hosts.


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