Anthony Morelli started the blog Thepsychoexwife.com in 2007 following a bitter child custody battle with ex-wife Allison
A Buck County Family Court judge ordered disgruntled dad Anthony Morelli to take down his offensive blog site, Thepsychoexwife.com, earlier this year - and now the Pennsylvania papa is hell-bent on having the last word.
Morelli took to the Internet to vent his frustrations over an ugly custody battle with ex-wife Allison by creating the website in late 2007, described as "the true account of a marriage, divorce, and subsequent (child) custody fight between a loving man, his teroristic ex-wife who we suspect suffers from Borderline Personality Disorder (at least from our armchair psychologist diagnosis), and the husband's new partner."
The 42-year-old's blog, which has attracted more than 200,000 followers a month since it first began, chronicles the very personal details of his divorce from Allison - or "PEW" (Psycho Ex Wife), as she is referred to on the site.
"She's on the precipice of 40 and probably looks all 50-years of it," he writes on the site. "Imagine if you will, Jabba The Hut, with less personality. She spends her time ... drinking her days away bemoaning her victim status, when she isn't stuffing the children with fast food, buying them toys, or pushing them towards the TV or computer."
Readers of the site responded enthusiastically to the concept, contributing their own "PEW" horror stories.
"I tried to provide a forum whereby through our collective experiences we could help minimize the conflict in our lives and choose better ways to deal with our high-conflict ex-spouses," Morelli said of his site on a "Today Show" segment.
At one point, the blogger was literally capitalizing on his rants, selling advertisements to make a profit from the site.
Judge Diane Gibbons finally called for the shutdown after deeming the site "outright cruelty," especially in light of the couple's two sons, aged 10 and 12.
"Your children are being hurt because you are bad mouthing the woman they love in public," she said. "Should I put them with the man who is publicly browbeating their mother?"
Morelli and his wife currently have shared custody of their two children.
He is now, however, countering the actions with a claim that the order violated his First Amendment rights.
"It's a clear violation of my civil rights," the frustrated father said in the interview. "While there are certain steps that can be taken to minimize any negative impact on the children, shutting down the website is unacceptable."
Morelli's attorney, Kevin J. Handy, said in a press release that the judge's order "is a classic example of an overly broad and unenforceable prior restraint on free speech."
Said his ex in the "Today" interview: "After the kids knew this was something derogatory about me, they asked their father to stop.
"We simply weren't a good match from the very beginning. The whole entire relationship was pretty volatile."