Jodie Sweetin‘s troubled ex is speaking out.
As we reported, Justin Hodak was arrested on charges of possession of a deadly weapon and falsifying evidence by threatening a witness with force (or implied force), all stemming from a fight with the Fuller House actress earlier this year.
Recently he was released from prison after serving just three months of his six-year sentence!
In his first interview as a free man with DailyMail.com, the recovering addict blamed “‘roid rage” for his explosive fight with the former child star over a French bulldog they were supposed to adopt.
Hodak said of the incident:
“Looking back I feel terrible for what happened, it went too far. I’m super remorseful. I just don’t know where it all came from, but there was no domestic violence, I would never hurt Jodie. I just feel set up. I feel like it was a situation that could have been avoided. It was four years and we’re never going to speak to each other over a dog that we didn’t even get yet and a broken bookcase. None of it makes sense.”
As for the 35-year-old star’s hiring of 24/7 security to protect her and her children, Hodak explained he thinks it’s completely unnecessary:
“Am I a threat to Jodie? That’s just absolutely ridiculous, it says in the paper work, ‘He never hurt me, he never threatened to hurt me he never did anything to the kids’. I love them all, they know I’d never hurt them in any shape or form. Our mutual friends think it’s the most ridiculous thing ever. The threat was to myself not to her.”
Hodak went on to recall the fight that ended up pushing things over the edge for the couple:
“I remember Jodie did Instagram posts the night before saying ‘To the most loyal guy ever, I love you forever,’ then the next day just boom. We woke up in the morning I had to go get some antibiotics. I’d been coming off the steroids for like a week, I didn’t want to do it anymore, I didn’t like who I was. Jodie never told me the steroids affected the relationship but I did feel myself more agitated and aggressive. We were on the way back when we started talking about this dog that we haven’t got yet. I’d asked her to ask her mom to watch the dog because I didn’t trust the nanny and the kids and we had a wedding to go to the next day. It was a little French bulldog, so cute, we were going to pick him up from the breeder and name him Buster. But she starts telling me her mom can’t watch the dog and I said, ‘Well when your mom asks for stuff we just do it,’ and I said ‘Fine, next time your mom asks me for something I’m not doing it.'”
Shortly after, Justin found out Jodie supposedly didn’t even ask for her mother’s help — which is when he says she got “aggressive” and “physical”:
“She said sorry when we got home and I just went upstairs, took a shower and then I was ready to continue the argument. It was bubbling in me because she hit me in the jaw — she picked up her phone and threw it. I never laid a finger on Jodie or threatened to. We were bickering in the living room and I said something and she ignored me, then I said something else and she laughed and that was it, that’s when I broke down the bookcase in anger.”
After Sweetin allegedly compared her ex to his abusive father, he “got suicidal for the first time”:
“He was an alcoholic and he was abusive to my mother and that killed me — and I got suicidal for the first time in my life. I drove back home and then I grabbed my gun put it in my pocket and left the house and said I was going to kill myself.”
Understandably, Sweetin called her therapist and got the police involved:
“I got mad at her and said ‘What are you doing? Why did you let the police in our house?’ I shouldn’t have had the gun because I’m a convicted felon, but I wanted to be able to protect my family. I was angry she had called the police. She started yelling ‘I called them because I was worried about you.”’
From there, Justin got slapped with felony stalking charges after obsessing over the actress, and the rest is history.
All in all, he confessed:
“I should have just been an adult and bit my tongue and walked away. I definitely think the steroids had something to do with it. I put the bookcase incident down to roid rage – I lost it. A lot of this has to do with that. You think you’ll be the exception to the rule but you’re not … I’m completely different now I’m off the steroids – I’m so chill, everything is good. I’ve lost 25 lbs and I’m sober, I’ve never felt better. The only thing I’m guilty of is being in love. I’m overly remorseful for my actions but I never knew they’d cause this reaction and that I’d end up in prison. Life goes on.”
What a mess.
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