E! News confirmed April 22 that Keith has filed for divorce after 12 years of marriage and is asking for temporary custody of Tyler, 9, and Violet, 7.
Contacted by E!, Sherri’s attorney had no comment.
“Now that I have learned the truth as reflected in the plea arrangement” Sherri made, Keith stated in a declaration filed in Shasta County Superior Court and obtained by the Sacramento Bee, “I must act decisively to protect my children from the trauma caused by their mother and bring stability and calm to their lives.”
He alleged that Sherri hadn’t seen the kids since April 4 and had missed one scheduled visit, and he was asking for future visitation to be “determined by what I believe is in their best interest.”
Describing how difficult Sherri’s disappearance was on its own, compounded by the “turmoil” of the last five-and-a-half years, he added, “We, both children and I, need time to recover and stabilize.”
Keith concluded, “I wish to make it clear that my goal is to provide a loving, safe, stable environment for Tyler and Violet and I believe the requested orders are consistent with that goal and the best interests of the children.” He didn’t want to say anything about Sherri’s case that “would inflame the situation or attract media attention.”
Ultimately, he stated, “I am asking that the court help me protect my children from the negative impact of their mother’s notoriety.”