Melinda Karlsson, wife of the Ottawa Senators captain Erik Karlsson, is filing for protection against the longtime girlfriend of teammate Mike Hoffman.
According to the Ottawa Citizen, Melinda is alleging there was a campaign of harassment that plagued the Karlssons after the death of their son and through most of the last NHL season.
The woman accused is Monika Caryk, the longtime girlfriend of Senators forward Mike Hoffman.
“Monika Caryk has uttered numerous statements wishing my unborn child dead,” said Melinda Karlsson in a statement to the court. “She also uttered that she wished I was dead and that someone should ‘take out’ my husband’s legs to ‘end his career.’”
“Monika Caryk has posted over 1,000 negative and derogatory statements about me as a professional,” she added.
The Ottawa Citizen also reports that the police investigation is still ongoing, and charges have yet to be filed.
The allegations first appeared in a number of anonymous social media posts. Melinda accused Caryk of using burner Instagram accounts to leave disturbing and threatening comments on her husband’s posts.
The Citizen said that in one instance, soon after the couple had lost their son Axel, an account had left a disturbing message on a tribute post.
The user @sandydandy45 said: “I feel bad for the baby he didn’t have a chance with Melinda popping pain killer medication everyday.”
Erik responded saying: “How dare you. You have been making fake accounts and buying hacked ones for months to harass me and my wife but this is an all new low even for you. You are a disgusting person.”
Senators teammate Mike Hoffman has since responded to the allegations against his girlfriend, releasing a statement online.
“There is a 150 per cent chance that my fiancee Monika and I are not involved in any of the accusations that have been pursued (that are) coming our way. We totally understand there’s no place for cyber-bullying,” he said.
“We’ve offered to co-operate and do anything it takes to find out who is doing this, and support [the Karlssons]. Obviously this is a tough time that they’re going through, and we want to find out who is doing this, because for some reason it’s coming into our court, and it’s 150 per cent that it’s not us,” Hoffman added. “We have nothing to hide. We’re willing to co-operate in any way to solve this and figure it out, and prove that it wasn’t us.”
The players’ team has also released a statement, indicating that they’re “investigating this matter” while taking “whatever steps are necessary to protect the safety and privacy of our players and their families.”