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Meredith Baxter's Ex Husband Denies Abuse Claims

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David Birney, former husband of TV star Meredith Baxter is denying her claims that he was abusive in their 16-year marriage.

In her memoir, Untied she wrote:

"It was so sudden and unexpected, I couldn't tell you which hand hit me, or even how hard. I do recall thinking, 'I'd better not get up because he's going to hit me again.'"

Now David has made a statement, calling her allegations "an appalling abuse of the truth" describing her memoir as "a kind of fairy tale."

He also says that she "conducted a relentless and brutal assault" for eight years against their shared custody of their three children in what he called an attempt "to destroy that arrangement and replace it with herself as sole custodian."

In his statement, he continued:

"During that time she arrived in court repeatedly with various lawyers and several therapists, 'recovered memories,' accusations of abuse – a common charge in custody disputes – and tales of our life together that bore little resemblance to truth – a mean spirited process that battered us all, especially the children. The court denied her suit on every occasion.

[It's] immensely sad and truly absurd [that she] is unable to reclaim a single instance of joy or pleasure in all that time, not one occasion of love or delight or accomplishment in our entire life together as we built a family. Not one. Nothing from our first meeting to divorce. Nothing, in sixteen years. Really?

This blanket omission, this unrelieved denial of even a single instance of joy or pleasure in the creation of a family, the substance and amazing joy of raising children together, of simply being together with them during that time, is incomprehensible. And sad.

Meredith’s own account of these years is its own rebuke to her credibility."

Unbelievable. And terribly sad.

Even their children say the claims are true. How could he deny everything??

Violence is NEVER the answer.

What do U think?

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35 comments to “Meredith Baxter's Ex Husband Denies Abuse Claims”

  1. 1

    You always believe the homos, even when there is not one shred of truth.

  2. Wrenn says – reply to this


    There's something a little "off" about her. She seems a bit nutty and as if she is manic depressive. She certainly hasn't aged well either and looks like a Shar Pei. I guess as she grew older she had a difficult time finding a man. Now she seems to hate men. I just get a bad vibe with her.

  3. 3

    What do I think? I think you should mind your own fucking business. You were not there, you do not know the parties evolved and you have no idea what you are talking about….as usual.

  4. 4

    Violence was the answer for the Black Eyed Peas. It shut you up. And her ex should sue her for liable and take every cent she has!

  5. 5

    Why should she say anything nice about an man that hit her? what an ass.

  6. 6

    Typical Response from an abuser.

  7. 7

    Even under torture, men will never admit to any wrongdoing. That's the way they are, all of them little Mubaraks.

  8. 8

    What I think is the saddest thing of all is how domestic abuse has become a card that people play when they want some fucking attention. I'm not denying that there are men that abuse women and that there are women that abuse men, but that was fucking 20 years ago, you're alive, you left him. get the fuck over it. some don't get to leave. it's ridiculous how everyone should have to hear about your problems just because you are fucking famous. i mean it's just sad. real fucking sad.

  9. 9

    I believe Merideth. And David Birney is an ass. However, you say "violence is never the answer", yet when Tranny CACA said on the Tonight Show she wanted to deal with the paparazzi with an AK47 or some other weapon, you didn't utter a word about that. Hypocrite.

  10. 10

    She's obviously a fame whore who just wants attention. Nobody would even know who the hell she is if it wasn't for their TV show that he created back in the 70's. Not only are you a terrible judge of music, movies, and things in general, you're clueless when it comes to spotting someone who is trying to use the media to restart her stagnant career. Way to go genius.

  11. 11

    I was going to say: And what do the children say?? but then I read they stand behind Meredith. That's enough evidence for me. As a child I wanted Meredith and David as my parents cause I thought they were so beautiful. I have great parents but they were my fantasy. My fantasy has been busticated!

  12. 12

    Maybe I have a special gift, but all I have to do is look at David Birney, and I can tell you that he is arrogant, selfish, self-involved and pretentious. Those qualities do not make for good partners, they make for bad bullies.

  13. 13

    only gays can tell the truth now????

  14. 14

    There's something a little "off" about her? Ok Wrenn #2, did you read that she was abused by her husband and neglected and abused by her mother. How about a little compassion for victims, instead of jumping on the david birney half-wit bandwagon. And she obviously does not hate men, she just hates assmen. Michael Gross is a good, good man, and she loves him, so don't talk stupid just to get your fake name in print.

  15. 15

    There are a lot of times the woman lies. My uncle was married 22 years had two minor children. One day his wife served him with divorce papers and she said horrible horrible things and alleged he had physically, emotionally and verbally abused her the entire time. My uncle would have done anything for her and the kids, he lived for them and thought the sun rose with them. Hearing her say those awful things and every one of their friends believing her crushed him. He became depressed and at one point we had to put him on a suicide watch… So just because she says it doesn't mean its true. People will say anything for money.

  16. 16

    The sad reality is that people - all people - will lie their asses off when there is an advantage to them. Allegations like hers - or his - should always come in combination with a LIE DETECTOR TEST. The fact that both parties are putting out their laundry for public viewing means they should both submit to AUTHENTICATION. It's not a huge ask, is it? Perhaps that way, the public can be spared an awful amount of shit. People will often try to portray themselves as victims and it stinks. We shouldn't take sides without some kind of lie detector test. I'll bet one of them would absolutely refuse.

  17. 17

    Antistar #10, you are an azz. She is not a fameho, she is a person of wealth and fame, who is using her wealth and fame as a means to support and encourage other women who are in abusive relationships, to show that a happy life can follow. Considering the chip on your shoulder, I don't think it would be much of a stretch to consider that there is something not normal in your own life.

    * And to you, Jesikaka #8, nobody is forcing you to read any of the articles, so who the freak are you to decide that it shouldn't be printed? You took the time to type a stupid comment, but you don't seem to understand that exposing family abuse is a means of reducing it by social stigma.

    P.S. StupidDog #4, it's not liable when it's the truth, stupid. Her children have publically reported that she is telling the truth, so if he wants to try and sue for her loose pennies, he wouldn't even be able to win that much.

    Children don't publically say that a parent was abusive, if he wasn't.

  18. 18

    He's a classic abuser in his response, no sense of responsibility. Perhaps Meredith feels the bad so outweighed the good that is obliterated it. And, her feeling about the the kids has nothing to do with it. He is not denying — he is obfuscating.

  19. 19

    I believe him.

  20. 20

    Violence is never the answer. And neither is lying or making claims based on delusions. This is a private matter and should be handled that way. It seems one can't come out as a lesbian without bring in drama along with it. Deal with your crap in private, it's more dignified that way.

  21. 21

    Abusers always lie about it and usually get away with it. I divorced my abusive husband after 19 yrs and 2 kids. FL is a no fault state so you do not have to state a reason. He told his family I kicked him out and he found his new woman who actually was his mistress for 3 yrs before I divorced him. His entire family believed him. I never even bothered to correct his lies as I knew it would not help. I just wanted him out of my life. I had to get a restraining order as he would come and yell nasty names to my daughter when I was at work after the divorce. She is now an adult and had NO relationship with him. His family believes that is my fault as that is HIS excuse. She does not see any of them either.

  22. 22

    where's a link with info showing that the Birney children are saying her claims are true? I haven't found one. The children were very young when their parents divorced so unless they are saying they witnessed the abuse during the marriage (and their memories aren't "recovered" memories) it is possible that she spent so much time telling them their father abused her, they believe it is true.

  23. lala3 says – reply to this


    Emotional abuse and verbal abuse is worse than physical abuse in some cases. It erodes a person self-esteem and puts them in a FOG (fear,obligation,guilt) it is very real and even more prevalent than we know. If you are in a verbally or emotionally abusive relationship you can find support at www.verbalabuseawareness.proboards.com and www.verbalabuse.com

  24. 24

    While I don't want to deny that abuse does happen (because of course it does and is tragic), I tend to think that if there was ANY evidence of it, the court would have given it a little more consideration and THIS wouldn't be the first we ever heard of it. They've been divorced for a LONG time. She's looking for attention now that she's off Network TV and Lifetime movies.

  25. 25

    Re: Mabel Leaf – heh Mabel I love your name Mabel Leaf

  26. 26

    Re: Wrenn – Couldn't have said it better myself!

  27. 27

    Sounds like she hasn't had a job for a long time and needs to be in the limelight again. Claim abuse and come out as a lesbo and the cameras will be a 'flashin'!

  28. 28

    Re: Mabel Leaf – I think you meant "involved" not evolved.

  29. 29

    He sounds like an A+, stellar, classic abuser. David Birney — not the first time I've heard this, or from the first person — treated her and others like garbage. He's the trash.

  30. FunMe says – reply to this


    She is LYING. Sure helps put a bad name to us in the GLBT community.

    OK, I know someone who knows them. David would never put on hand on her, and I think she is lying. What else do you expect of an ALCOHOLIC who was more than likely in a DAZE most of the time she was married. If anything, she needs to look in the mirror and see who was to blame for the fault of her marriage. She is a lesbian, and that's great. But the fact that she is now making up sh** to compensate to the fact the she was never true to herself, is her fault. That person who knows them told me that at the place they would be seen together, she was always "off". Never nice to others and always on the "edge". Now I see why. She was drunk and probably not very nice to others. Not a nice thing to do … LIE about the father of her kids. I am sure her children, now that they are older, can see that she is blaming their father instead of herself for her faults.

    Can she just be happy that she is a out of the close and a lesbian and happy? Why bring out the LIES?

  31. @v@ says – reply to this


    A person who would hit someone else would have no trouble lying about it.

  32. 32

    Re: soangryicouldspit – They appeared with her on Oprah, and all recounted their memories of his abuse and it's effect on her.

  33. 33

    maybe the children say it's true because she has told them it was for years — i wasn't there so i don't know the truth — and i don't know any of them, so i don't actually care — but it's not uncommon in nasty divorces for false accusations such as these, or worse, to be levied — maybe she's been telling the stories for so long she believes them — or maybe he's a monster — oh, well, who cares

  34. 34

    In all the time that she was "allegedly" being abused, she was everywhere. Making movies, giving interviews, supporting causes, etc… People that are being abused, tend to shy away from people and attention. If this was true, she knew at any time, that there were resources for her to turn to. She is a character actress and she herself has stated that she researches her roles. She has played enough victims in the past to know what to do. I'm sure there was plenty of mutual combat on both sides, but I have to question the validity of her accusations. Sorry folks, but she's no shrinking violet.

  35. @v@ says – reply to this


    Re: Baron von Fleck – That generation didn't air it, as their parents didn't. They mulled stuff over for years, and THEN aired it.