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Dimitri Charalambopoulos and Camille Grammer
Camille Grammer with former boyfriend Dimitri Charalambopoulos (File photo)

A California court has granted Camille Grammer a restraining order against high-profile boyfriend Dimitri Charalambopoulos, who she claimed brutally attacked her at a Houston hotel as she recovered from major cancer surgery.

A legal declaration reprinted by gossip site Radar details a horrific hour of abuse that left the former Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star battered, bruised and missing several swaths of hair. The Houston Police Department confirms to CultureMap that an investigation is ongoing.

On Oct. 16 — just days after a radical hysterectomy for endometrial cancer at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center — Grammer was recuperating at the Hotel Zaza in a room she shared with Charalambopoulos, who'd driven from his home in Dallas to assist. A series of late night texts and calls to Charalambopoulos' phone from an unknown woman prompted a heated argument, according to court documents.

"Mr. Charalambopoulos became verbally abusive toward me, shouting expletives and insulting me with misogynic epithets," explained Grammer, ex-wife of Frasier star Kelsey Grammer.

"He grabbed me by the hair, twisted it around his hand, and repeatedly pulled my head into the bed and its headboard. In so doing, Mr. Charalambopoulos succeeded in pulling out swaths of my hair and gave me a large, painful contusion on the side of my head."

Fearing for her life, Grammer said she screamed for help only to have her enraged partner violently squeeze her nose and cover her mouth. The abuse continued for nearly an hour, with Charalambopoulos repeatedly slamming her face and head on the furniture. When she attempted to call the police, her boyfriend shattered her iPhone, she said.

Charalambopoulos, a bankruptcy attorney and personal trainer, eventually left the room, unplugging the hotel phones and making threats along the way. Moments later, Grammer made her way to the ZaZa lobby to ask employees to call police.

An HPD special crimes unit has been assigned to the case. Meanwhile, a Los Angeles judge has granted a temporary restraining order, making sure that Charalambopoulos stays 100 yards from Grammer and her two children.

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