A superior court judge has granted SLO City Councilman Paul Brown's wife a temporary restraining order against him, barring Brown from coming within 50 yards of Jayne Brown or her home, job, or vehicle.
Her request for the order came less than a week after Paul Brown filed for divorce, citing irreconcilable differences.
In the paperwork accompanying the Sept. 13 order, Jayne Brown said she feared for her safety after several alleged incidences of physical abuse that reach back to the couple's honeymoon four years ago.
"I respectfully ask for these orders as I fear Paul's aggressive and intimidating behavior," she wrote in a signed petition.
Paul Brown, in a New Times interview, acknowledged having arguments with his wife, but denied that he ever abused her. He described the order as an attempt to smear his reputation in advance of the divorce proceedings and said that the allegations rise directly from financial disagreements between the couple over Mother's Tavern accounts.
"This is retaliation," he said. "It's not based on any merit."
The matter will head to a hearing Oct. 4, in which a judge will consider the merit of the accusations and decide whether to make a restraining order that could last up to five years.
Paul Brown said he'll honor the order but expects to clear his name during the upcoming court hearing over the matter.
Jayne Brown told New Times that she had no public comment.