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Jeremy Renner

KUALA LUMPUR: Avengers star Jeremy Renner has denied his ex-wife’s claim that he threatened to kill her during an ugly dispute last year.

The NY Post reported yesterday that Sonni Pacheco, 28, alleged that in November last year, 48-year-old actor was drunk at a club when he told someone he “could not deal with Sonni anymore, and just wanted her gone”.

Renner has vigorously denied the claims and has accused Pacheco of having a drug problem.

Pacheco alleged that Renner put a gun into his mouth and threatened to kill himself before firing the gun into the ceiling while their six-year-old daughter Ava was asleep in her bedroom.

She also claimed that he had a history of drug abuse as well as verbal and emotional abuse.

A representative of Renner strongly denied Pacheco's allegations and said: “The well-being of his daughter Ava has always been and continues to be the primary focus for Jeremy. This is a matter for the court to decide. It’s important to note the dramatisations made in Sonni’s declaration are a one-sided account made with a specific goal in mind.”

Renner and Pacheco are in a heated custody battle, and the American Pie actress is asking the judge to grant her sole custody with monitored visitation for Renner.

Pacheco filed for divorce in December 2014, just 10 months after they got married. They originally agreed on shared custody in April 2015.

In July 2014, Pacheco alleged that Renner was nearly US$74,000 (RM310,000) behind on paying child support. In September 2016, Renner agreed to pay up US$23,000 (RM96,345) for support and US$35,000 (RM146,596) to cover her legal and accounting fees.

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