SEEKING Sister Wife star Dimitri Snowden’s ex-sister wife Ariadne Joseph claimed he “choked” her during their nine-month relationship, as she is demanding he “go to jail” in an exclusive interview with The Sun.
The abuse claims come after his second wife Christeline Petersen, who is on the current season of Seeking Sister Wife, filed a motion seeking a restraining order against Dimitri, citing abuse.
Though the restraining order request was temporarily granted, it was dismissed because she did not meet her burden of proof.
Now Ariadne, who moved from Louisiana to Georgia in 2016 to live with the Snowden family before they joined Seeking Sister Wife, is speaking out to The Sun on her own abuse allegations against Dimitri.
Dimitri, 40, reached out to Ariadne after meeting in an online polygamy group in 2012.
After talking on-and-off for years, Ariadne agreed to fly with her 3-year-old daughter to Georgia, where Dimitri lived with his wife Ashley and their children.
After one month of “bliss,” she allegedly experienced violent altercations with Dimitri.
She claimed one of Dimitri’s demands was that Ashley be in the room when he had sex with her and that they all sleep in the same bed.
The professional actress claimed of one alleged encounter: “I woke up in the middle of the night to Dimitri straddled on my chest. This man was on my chest with his hands around my neck.
“Ashley was on the other end of the bed. It woke her up because I’m screaming for him to stop. He did not let up. I was trying not to fight him. I bit him. He yelled and he got up and he loosened the grip off my body and neck.
“I’m crying and shaking. Ashley's asking him what’s going on. He told her he had a bad dream. I was shocked and mortified.”
Ariadne also noticed Dimitri would "go out of town for a full week” and “not talk often.”
When she went through his work phone, she discovered her “worst nightmare,” as she claimed to have found texts from “so many different women.”
When she confronted Dimitri about the texts one night when Ashley wasn't home, he denied it and allegedly attacked her.
The mother of three claimed: “I’m screaming and he’s choking me. I couldn’t breath. I’m fighting for air. I’m grabbing at his hands. I’m pulling and I’m scratching trying to get his hands off me. And he released me.
“I’m in shock and I lifted myself slowly. He ran over to his desk and he punched it. Once I gained footing and was able to breathe I ran out of the room.
“I did not call the police because he begged me not to. He apologized. He said he has never done anything like that. ‘I snapped. I felt like you violated my privacy.’
Ariadne’s daughter, who was a teenager at the time, exclusively told The Sun her account of the fight.
She claimed: “I was upstairs in one of the kids rooms with them. I heard them talking at first. I remember they were talking in the basement. Suddenly I heard yelling and smashing. I went downstairs… just to make sure they were all right in case she was hurt or anything.
“I stayed there for a while and he continued talking with her. I think he got loud again and that’s when I popped into the room. I don’t remember what happened after that, it kind of went black.”
Ariadne left the family nine months after moving in with them.
She claimed: “He said he’ll give me the money to leave. I didn’t have a way to leave. All I had was my car and children. He helped me with getting an apartment. He paid for the down payment.”
She said of when she left: “I did go into a depression and get therapy because it was very traumatizing.
"Dmitri needs to be in jail for domestic violence. I need these people off of national television, bringing these women in.”
Dimitri and TLC did not respond to The Sun’s request for comment.
Ariadne has shared her story over social media before Christeline’s claims.
In 2019, she wrote on Facebook: “I am a former sister wife of Dimitri and Ashley Snowden. It saddens me to see how things are still the same with Dimitri. He was cheating on 'Us' when I was there. I have text and FB messages from him to some of the women he was sleeping with."
Ariadne previously told The Sun that when she moved to Georgia with her daughter, she was allegedly welcomed by a “naked” Ashley.
She claimed: “When I walked into the house, I greeted my potential sister wife with no clothes on. He required me to be naked too.
“I was okay with me being naked. I didn’t mind being naked. But I thought that was something we would do in the privacy of our own room.”
She said: “They’re very convincing, cunning, manipulative and believable. They had me fooled for a long time. These people bring humiliation to the women that are sincere coming into the family and being part of this lifestyle.”
On Seeking Sister Wife, Dimitri is spiritually married to first wife Ashley, who he shares three children with, and is dating South African native Christeline and Georgia-based Henna artist Tayler Monique.
In Christeline’s request for a restraining order obtained by The Sun, she listed her relationship with Dimitri as her “husband.”
Christeline claimed the most recent incident of abuse occurred on January 13, 2021 with only she and her husband present.
She claimed in the filing: “I was woken up by him slamming my head into the headboard of the bed and he was yelling at me. My head was slammed into the headboard several times.”
She claimed she suffered “pain” and filed a police report on January 22, 2021.
Christeline went on to allege the abuse happened “numerous times in the last year.”
She claimed in court documents: “He choked me during sex, even though I repeatedly told him not to. The more I struggled, the more he enjoyed it. I stopped saying no after a few times, because any struggle by me would prolong the sex and choking.
“One time I got very dizzy and felt like I was going to pass out.”
She claimed she suffered from “bruises and redness” around her neck and “scratches” from his nails.
She requested her two daughters, ages 10 and 5, be protected in the petition filed on March 12, 2021.
Christeline alleged in court papers: “He is not the father of my two daughters and they are afraid of him as often yells and punches the walls or furniture.”
She claimed she did not give Dimitri notice of the filing, as she was “afraid that the violence would reoccur” if she informed him.
Dimitri filed for divorce from Christeline earlier this month.
Dimitri and Ashley, 34, have appeared on TLC’s Seeking Sister Wife for three seasons, as they have been unable to successfully welcome a permanent second sister wife to join their family.
Last season, Dimitri married Vanessa Cobb in a spiritual ceremony.
After the finale aired, Vanessa revealed she left the family.
Both parties did not give an exact reason for the split, as Dimitri explained on the show how Vanessa left to visit family and her loved ones returned to pack her belongings.
On last week’s Seeking Sister Wife, Tayler left the family because she clashed with Ashley, while Christeline stayed with her two daughters.
If you or someone you know is affected by any of the issues raised in this story, call RAINN (Rape, Abuse, & Incest National Network) at 800-656-HOPE (4673).
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