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Meredith Baxter Alleges Domestic Abuse by Ex-Husband David Birney (VIDEO)

by Donald Deane, posted Mar 1st 2011 2:30PM
Meredith Baxter Alleges Domestic Abuse by Ex-Husband David Birney'Family Ties' star Meredith Baxter alleges on 'Today' (weekdays, 7AM ET on NBC) that she was the victim of domestic abuse by David Birney, her former husband and co-star of 'Bridget Loves Bernie.'

Baxter said she broke the cycle of mental and physical abuse after a period of intense introspection. "I'd been committed to being a victim for a long time because it felt really warm and comfortable and familiar, but it was a disastrous position to be in," she said. "I had to look at what was in my thinking that told me it was OK to be in this relationship."

As for why she stayed married to Birney for 15 years, Baxter said she wasn't aware of other options. "I didn't know I had a choice," she said. "I didn't know I could go."

Birney, meanwhile, has denied Baxter's claims, according to People magazine.

Watch the full interview here:

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rem119

Commentator says Birney denies abuse. She never comes back and says, Hey that's BS, he beat me or whatever. Somehow I have trouble believing her. Did he get mad finding out she was a lesbian. Is abuse an excuse to be a lesbian. I'd like to hear from some other witnesses before I decide...

March 01 2011 at 11:54 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Jennifer

When I was abused by my ex-husband. There were no witnesses. No one believed me so I figured the problem was me. I stayed a lot longer than I should have. I guess to be believable we have to deliver a statement in the way YOU want to hear it as opposed to in the emotional way we are living it.

March 02 2011 at 4:37 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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