In May 1987, Cheyenne began dating 23-year-old Dag Drollet.His father, Jacques Drollet, was a member of Tahiti's parliament.In a 1990 interview she stated, "I have come to despise my father for the way he ignored me when I was a child.
In an interview given after his release, Christian stated that he doubted Cheyenne's accusations of physical abuse against Drollet due to her mental instability.
She sustained a broken jaw, a laceration under her eye, and a torn ear.
Marlon Brando flew Cheyenne to Los Angeles to undergo extensive reconstructive and cosmetic surgery.
The accident effectively ended her modeling career.
After the accident, she began experiencing bouts of depression and attempted suicide.
At Marlon Brando's request, the couple moved to the United States and into Marlon's Mulholland Drive home to await the birth of their child.