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.
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