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People Exclusive: ‘I Never Hit Her’: David Justice Opens Up about His Divorce from Halle Berry

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David Justice has been on a major roll since news about Halle Berry divorcing her husband of 2 years was Olivier Martinez was announced.

David Justice spoke out via twitter and also Eric Benet, but now he’s taking it a step further and has done an exclusive interview with People Magazine to dispell the rumors of him abusing her and what his life is like now… Even though, no one really cares…… They’ve been divorced for 24 years now….. I think he should of let it go…… A long time ago. Check his interview below:

A Difficult Divorce

Justice acknowledges that Berry has never accused him of domestic violence. But the circumstances of their split, he says, led many people to presume his guilt. When they divorced in 1997, Berry filed for a restraining order against Justice, alleging that he had lingered outside their home for four hours “demanding entry” to retrieve some of his things. At one point, according to her request for the restraining order, Justice was overheard saying that if she didn’t let him in, “he would break every one of the f—— windows … and break the door down.” Berry was granted a temporary restraining order.

Justice denied the incident, saying through a spokesperson at the time that “I pose no threat to Halle.” He had previously accused her of overreacting. “Every time she saw a picture of me with a woman, any woman who might have been standing by my side, she thought I was cheating,” he told PEOPLE when they split in 1996. “I’ve never known a girl who could throw a tantrum like she does.” Years later, she would tell Parade magazine that the split from the man she once called her “prince on a white horse” led her to attempt suicide.

Justice knows people will wonder why he didn’t speak up sooner, and that some will think he’s bringing this up in the midst of Berry’s divorce from Olivier Martinez in an attempt to see his name back in the headlines. But the former three-time All-Star and two-time Silver Slugger award winner says, “I’ve had enough fame for a lifetime,” adding that he “didn’t say anything before because I didn’t want to battle with her in the media.”

Justice explains that he avoided fighting with Berry in the press because he didn’t have the tools he needed to win. “As a baseball player back in those days, there were no publicists, I didn’t have a team. Halle had managers, lawyers, publicists, etc. It was Team Halle versus me.” By keeping silent, Justice adds, “I thought I was taking the high road, and as a result a lot of stuff was said about me, and because I didn’t saying anything back, a lot of people thought it must’ve been true.”

Justice also believes that his tarnished reputation directly affected his marketability as a player. “I will never be able to quantify it, but I guarantee that I have lost a lot of endorsement deals behind this cloud over my head, no question,” he says.

‘Protecting My Kids’

Today, the father of three – David Jr., 15, Dionisio, 13, and Raquel, 11 – focuses on raising money for his charities and is an active member of his San Diego community, coaching baseball, soccer, basketball and football. “My kids know what their dad is about, but the one thing that I could not have was my kids’ little friends and their parents, or social-media-type people, seeing this particular thing attached to me,” he says. “I’m in the community trying to coach, being a mentor. I’m not perfect, but don’t ever say that I hit a woman.”

As for why he decided to speak out now after all this time, Justice says that while he isn’t the type to read up on Berry in the press, a recent article on her divorce that made reference to the abuse opened old wounds. “This particular time I happened to click on an article, and the first thing I thought was, ‘Wait a minute now, they’re saying something that is so far from the truth,’ and I wondered how many people are going to read this and believe that it’s true.”

In addition, his daughter Raquel is an aspiring actress and just landed her first role on ABC’s upcoming show Recovery Road. “If she’s going to be floating around Hollywood, I don’t want anybody bringing this up to her,” he says. “All of us who have kids want to protect them as much as possible, and I felt like this is part of protecting my kids against something that is so bad, so horrific, that her dad can’t be attached to it.”

Now that everything is finally out in the open, Justice insists that he doesn’t “hate Halle” and doesn’t “care what’s going on with her affairs.” In fact, the day after his online rant, he posted, “I just want to thank Halle for finally squashing all of the rumors in the past.” While Berry never actually released a statement to squash the rumors, Justice says that when sources close to her reaffirmed that she had never publicly accused him, he “took that as confirmation enough.”

Still, Justice admits, “I do wish that she would have spoken out. She can keep mum on who the actual person is, but I think she owes it to the other guys to clear their names. That’s a very simple, one-line statement.” But he also realizes that, “if after 20 years she’s not going to say it, she probably never will.”

For now, Justice feels satisfied that he’s had the chance to say his piece and clear his name. “I’ve been carrying this for a long time,” he says with relief. “I feel like I’ve been doing someone else’s time for too long.”

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