Chris Norby, Former Assemblyman, Files for Divorce After Wife Requests Restraining Order

Reporting by R. Scott Moxley

Alleging physical, sexual and emotional abuse, the 36-year-old wife of former state Assemblyman Chris Norby (R-Fullerton) filed for a restraining order against him. The filing in Family Court in Orange is dated March 14, which is six days before 64-year-old Norby filed for divorce from his fourth wife Ziomara, also known as Martha, in the same courthouse.

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The domestic violence restraining order points to Norby's most-recent arrest for allegedly roughing up his wife as his most-recent instance of abuse. Ziomara Norby claims with their 2-year-old son Johnny in the home, Chris Norby got upset and started arguing with his wife. She alleges he tried to take their son from her and pushed her with force with the side of his shoulder while they were in the kitchen.

Later, as she was watering the garden while holding the young boy, Chris Norby yelled so loudly that the child shook in fear, states the complaint, which adds the former politician told her children, who include another boy who is 13 and daughters ages 12 and 15, that they would have no where to live and would starve to death if they stayed with their mother.

Ziomara claims the first instance of abuse happened on Sept. 2, 2010, when she was two weeks pregnant with Johnny. She claims Chris Norby argued with her and pressed down on her arms and legs very hard, leaving visible bruises.

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The commotion caused a gardener to call Fullerton Police, but former mayor of that city Norby was not arrested after he told responding officers Ziomara was "very emotional," states the complaint.

It goes on to allege Norby later went to the media to dispute the abuse his wife described to cops and then had her recant to the media, which she claims she did out of fear.

"He abuses me every day," she alleges in the complaint. "He insults me every day."

She claims the insults include being called a "fucking bitch," a "fucking whore" and being told she does not speak English well and that she comes from a "poor country" (Honduras) with "stupid people." She claims she is barred from speaking with her family, that her phone calls are screened and that the toxic household has left her children nervous wrecks.

Sexual abuse is alleged to have happened on Dec. 17, 2013, when she claims Chris Norby grabbed her shoulders, threw her to the ground, removed her panties and sexually assaulted her while calling her "a whore" and saying as his wife he can do anything he wants to her and that she deserved the abuse for being "a bitch." She claims she hit him in the face in the alleged attack.

On May 20, 2012, Norby allegedly broke her cell phone and had her sobbing in an argument over his tight control of the household money, reads the complaint.

Norby, a former high school teacher before he entered politics, has recently told his inner circle that he is innocent of his wife's allegations of abuse.

According to court records, a hearing on the restraining order is scheduled next Friday, March 28. No judge has yet been assigned to the divorce case.

Norby, a former Orange County supervisor, lost his seat in the state Assembly in 2012 to Sharon Quirk-Silva, a Democrat who served on the Fullerton City Council.

UPDATE, 8:06 p.m.: Paul Anderson, veteran courthouse reporter at City News Service, interviewed Norby and the former elected official adamantly denied his wife's accusations.

"My children and I have been subjected to a terrible injustice, but I am confident when the truth comes out it will be made right," Norby said. "I'm looking for that day and I know it will come. It may take awhile, but it will come."

Norby attorney David Borsari told Anderson his client was the only victim of domestic violence.

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Stringbean
Stringbean

He'd make a convincing  looking serial killer. 

AskmeIknow
AskmeIknow

This is typical behavior of a narcissist-always someone else's fault. Charming on the outside-evil behind close doors.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

"Norby filed for divorce from his fourth wife .."


Epic Life FAIL!


Typical Repuglykan.

ltpar
ltpar topcommenter

This guys is a four time loser?  Who the hell would believe he has the good judgement to represent the people and vote for him?    

canycany
canycany

I hope she calls Gloria Allred.  That might scare the poop out of this guy. Coming from a family where almost no one was married fewer than three times (except for me), I get that this guy may have some issues.


Poor kids. I know just how they feel.



Fallen Angels Evnts
Fallen Angels Evnts

all lawyer talk.. always place the kids in the house for effect.. bs. sounds like dumass fell for 'xiomara's' setup...

Zachariah Meints
Zachariah Meints

Clearly looks like and upstanding guy with no emotional issues.

Jonathan Taylor
Jonathan Taylor

He's being assumed guilty by the commenters here despite the same accuser recanting in an earlier similar situation. None of us actually know what happened so rushing to judgment is premature and inappropriate.

Kanani Fong
Kanani Fong

Doesn't your article beg the question: What are the names of his inner circle? "Norby, a former high school teacher before he entered politics, has recently told his inner circle that he is innocent of his wife's allegations of abuse."

Melanie Nepsa-Goss
Melanie Nepsa-Goss

I met him a couple of times. He's not exactly the physically strong type. Pretty wimpy actually. Not sure if I believe the allegations of abuse.

Kanani Fong
Kanani Fong

Note: This is not a legal case. He's not being tried, hence no jury. This is just a restraining order request.

Chris W. Luczak
Chris W. Luczak

The unfortunate burden of proof is on the accuser. That do-do head has but to create a reasonable doubt to a jury. I hope the truth wins out!.

Barbi Martinez
Barbi Martinez

What a POS...he's not even to be considered a man, more like a scum bag

Wendy Isis Ava
Wendy Isis Ava

The apple doesn't fall far from the tree with Fullerton police dept.

Kelly Hughes Davis
Kelly Hughes Davis

He's a nice Christian man... On wife #4 (much younger, naturally).

Michael Moon
Michael Moon

Mayor Righiemer only had kind words to say of Mr. Norby. Even went so far as to go down to the registrar of voters when Norby lost the election.

alexj774
alexj774

The same a/h from waaaaaaaaaay back.  Once a jerk always a jerk.

Jonathan Taylor
Jonathan Taylor

And yet the standard of judgment in any reasonable legal system is innocent until proven guilty.

Kanani Fong
Kanani Fong

A lot of abused wives recant. Sadly, it's typical.

Sandi Gail
Sandi Gail

i hope ur joking jennifer. Hope ur being sarcastic.

Jeff Neal
Jeff Neal

Praying for Ziomara Norby...

Josh Pillow
Josh Pillow

They did how many takes on his photo and THIS was the best one?! What a creep.

Karen Alam
Karen Alam

Old man, young wife... attorneys get ready for a good payday ;-)

Jonathan Taylor
Jonathan Taylor

The last incident she later confessed that she made up the story about physical abuse...

Kanani Fong
Kanani Fong

Wasn't he accused of sexual harassment a few years back?

dbo90275
dbo90275

Inappropriate? Yes, God forbid if we were to actually use our minds and form an opinion based upon currently known information. Because we could never change our minds if new or different information were to be revealed.  I hereby doth crown thee King of the Sheeples. 

dbo90275
dbo90275

What do you men it's not a "legal case"?  It is -- it has a case number, a plaintiff, a defendant, and judicial relief is being requested.  The judge will issue a ruling after the submission of evidence and,  If granted, the ruling will be enforceable. That's pretty much a "legal case." 

MatthewTCoker
MatthewTCoker topcommenter

@CAWriterFrom one of the earlier stories: "he admitted to wrongly using campaign funds in 2008 to pay for a week's stay at a hotel while he was having marital problems. Three years earlier, a jury found him guilty of creating a hostile work environment for a female employee, although an appeals court later reversed the decision."

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