Former Disney Star Tiffany Thornton Responds to Husband’s Kidnapping Claims
This just sounds like a nightmare. Former Disney Channel star Tiffany Thornton — who starred in shows like ‘So Random!’ and ‘Sonny With a Chance’ with Demi Lovato — has been accused by her husband Chris Carney of kidnapping and running away with the couple’s two children. However, Thornton’s rep not only vehemently denies the claims, but Carney’s mother has explained that her son is an alcoholic and that she and Thornton drove to the actress’ family home in Texas with the children to escape from Carney’s erratic behavior.
According to TMZ, the rocker filed a child stealing report with the LAPD, claiming that his wife had abducted their 3- and 20-month old sons with the help of his mother, Ruth Carney (who is the mayor of Hot Springs, Ark), believing Thornton’s supposed actions to be caused by postpartum depression.
However, the Disney star’s attorney has lashed back at Carney’s accusations, telling E! News:
“Mr. Carney’s claims are false and are being dealt with in the proper forum. The fact that Mr. Carney has chosen to contact the media to publicize these claims raises serious concerns for Ms. Thornton, who does not believe that Mr. Carney’s desire for media attention is in the best interest of the parties’ two young children.”
Additionally, Carney’s mother told TMZ that her son was an alcoholic who had recently gotten out of rehab. While she was in L.A. to help her daughter-in-law with the kids, Carney apparently began to act “crazy and drunk” and she left with Thornton and the children in order to protect them from Carney’s behavior. En route to their drive to Texas, Ruth Carney says that Thornton FaceTimed her husband every day from the car, so he knew exactly where they were and where they were going.
Carney has reportedly told TMZ that he is not an alcoholic, but a social drinker. He had previously been arrested for drunk driving and for possession of cocaine before seemingly turning his life around, becoming a devout Christian and marrying Thornton in November of 2011, the Ark Times reports.