BY BROOKE CAIN
From: News & Observer
Former “Big Brother” star Christmas Abbott, a competitive CrossFit athlete and owner of CrossFit Invoke gym in Raleigh, was arrested in Tampa, Florida, in August for an attack aimed at a woman who was having a relationship with the father of Abbott’s then-unborn baby.
Abbott, 8 months pregnant at the time, was arrested on Aug. 18 after repeatedly ramming her Mercedes SUV into a parked Honda sedan owned by Samantha Jane Morse of Tampa. Abbott was charged with criminal mischief greater than $1,000, a third-degree felony.
According to a police report obtained by The News & Observer, Abbott went to a CrossFit gym on 24th Street in Tampa on Saturday, Aug. 18, to confront Morse. She asked Morse if she was involved with Benjamin Bunn, a fitness trainer who is the father of Abbott’s child. When Morse asked her to leave, Abbott threw Morse’s cup of coffee across the room and called her a “pathetic home-wrecking little slut,” the police report said.
Morse also told police that Abbott screamed at Bunn, who was present.
Abbott left the gym and an eyewitness saw Abbott, in her SUV, strike the sedan and then place the SUV in reverse and strike the sedan again, according to the police report.
Arresting officer John Gordon wrote in his report that when he arrived at the scene, Abbott was standing outside across from the gym and waved him down. When he asked her what happened, he said Abbott started crying and told him that she just “lost it” and crashed into the car because the owner of the car was cheating with her child’s father.
Abbott was taken to the Orient Road Jail in Tampa but not processed there because of her pregnancy. The case was filed with the state attorney’s office. Abbott was booked on Nov. 6 and released on her own recognizance.
People Magazine reported that Abbott’s baby was born on Oct. 8 in South Carolina.
Officer Gordon said that Abbott, who had a North Carolina driver’s license, screamed at the victim during the interview on Aug. 18, and that he had to warn her several times to calm down. He said she was “flailing her hands” and at times she would cry. The officer said he was afraid she would “got into a fit of rage” so he grabbed her right hand and told her she would be placed in handcuffs if she continued.
Gordon wrote: “The suspect apologized for her outburst and compliance was immediately gained. The suspect told me that it hurt her feelings being cheated on.”
Abbott’s Mercedes SUV, which has North Carolina plates, was seized and a forfeiture was placed on it.