Just weeks before Fox News anchor Julie Banderas announced her imminent divorce on live TV, her soon-to-be ex-husband allegedly put a steak knife to her throat in an argument over mashed potatoes, DailyMail.com can exclusively reveal.
Andrew Sansone, 55, was arrested and charged with menacing and criminal possession of a weapon, both misdemeanors, for the incident at their home in the Hamptons the night of December 14, according to papers filed in Southampton town court.
He allegedly flew into a rage after she ate mashed potatoes he had prepared for the children’s dinner, documents show.
The Fox anchor, 49, claimed he grabbed a knife from the kitchen and pointed the blade at her neck, causing her to fear for her life, the police report states.
Their children, ages 6, 10 and 12, were reportedly elsewhere in the house at the time.
Banderas waited five days to call police on December 19 and her husband of 14 years was led out of the home by officers while the kids were off at school, sources told DailyMail.com.
A judge later granted a restraining order prohibiting him from having further contact with his wife. However, he retains the right to visit the children, through curbside pickups, sources told DailyMail.com.
While the fight was allegedly triggered by her eating potatoes meant for the kids, the report states that the couple had been fighting earlier in the day.
According to the police report, the couple were arguing about money – a common flashpoint as the two battled over their pending divorce and child custody issues, sources told DailyMail.com.
The sources said that Sansone is pursuing primary custody of their kids as well as financial support from his more successful spouse.
Banderas, who joined the Fox News Channel in 2005, serves as a substitute weekday anchor on Outnumbered. She was awarded the ‘Outstanding Single Newscast’ Emmy for her coverage of the Republican National Convention in 2004.
Sansone, a financial advisor, filed for divorce in March.
The pair continued to live together but argued more often as their divorce proceeded in court.
Banderas’ social media posts are often filled with photos of their children – Addison, Avery and Andrew – doing various activities, including their daughter Avery singing.
But little was seen of Sansone.
Banderas announced their split on her Twitter account on December 9, saying her husband was going to be her ‘soon to be ex,’ in response to a fan telling her the couple had left them in ‘stitches.’
It was five days later that he allegedly threatened her with the knife.
Then last week, the Fox anchor sensationally announced live on Gutfeld that she is getting a divorce.
The mother-of-three was seeing laughing when host Greg Gutfeld asked if she was going to get anything for Valentine’s Day.
‘F**k Valentine’s Day,’ she replied, as she sat coolly with her arm propped up on the back of the chair. ‘Yeah, it’s stupid. Even when I was married, I didn’t get s**t for Valentine’s Day… well, I’m getting a divorce, I’m going to go ahead and say it right here for the first time.
‘Congratulations are in order, if you know me, you’d clap… That was breaking news right there,’ joked the 18-year Fox veteran, who married Sansone in 2009.
You really do not know what was going on with them. She is getting lots of attention. If a man held a knife to your throat, why wait. You can not believe her when she is behaving like this. Is it attention she craves. This deserves a good investigation and that is all folks.