Woman says she had a “50-shades of Grey” type of relationship with man she’s accused of assaulting

Posted at 12:05 PM, Feb 05, 2015
and last updated 2015-02-14 05:55:35-05

UPDATE: James City County, Va. - The woman accused of assaulting James City County officers describes her relationship with a man she is accused of assaulting as “50 Shades of Grey-ish.”

Ashley Dennigham

Ashley Denningham was originally described as the nanny, but she says she was the man's girlfriend. She says she met the man online and she never hit him.

On January 30, 2015, police officers were called to the 100 block of Plantation Drive in regards to a domestic situation.

Police were told that Denningham  hit the man in the back of the head with an unknown object; however, the man says he does not want to pursue charges.

Officers were called to the home three additional times that night and morning.

The man told police the final time that Denningham had punched, kicked, and pinched him. She  then barricaded herself in her room. Officers arrived and knocked at her door. She then permitted them to enter. As she was being placed under arrest, she began kicking officers and pinched one officer, breaking the skin, NewsChannel 3 has learned.

She told NewsChannel 3 that the man is a black belt in Karate and is much bigger than her. She does admit to resisting arrest, but she says this was caused by her PTSD she has from being raped.

Denningham  was just released from jail and wants to clear her name. She says the man was actually the dominant one in the relationship.

She says even after being arrested, she would have gone back to him. She was hoping he would come for her.

"Here's a bed here's food. Come here, come lay with me. I'm so glad he put the restraining order on me because I do not need to be with him," says Denningham.

Denningham pleaded guilty to two assault charges and is on probation for two years.