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Nicholas Brendon Blasts Dr. Phil for Comments About Mother: 'It Hurt Me'

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer star Nicholas Brendon says he is unhappy over the way he was treated during a recent taping of Dr. Phil.

Brendon, 44, walked off the episode, which aired Wednesday, after Dr. Phil questioned him about his sobriety. Dr. Phil said he smelled liquor on Brendon’s breath, and after some prodding, Brendon admitted he’d had a few beers the night before.

Brendon, who has been arrested three times this year and entered rehab in June, released a statement after the episode aired Wednesday to say he did not appreciate “hard words” Dr. Phil had for his mother, who did not put Brendon in therapy after he was sexually abused as a child.

“Dr. Phil had some hard words for my mother, who I love dearly and who I have caused more heartache than I care to remember. When I was molested as a child, it was 1982. Therapy wasn t talked about and accepted the way it is today,” Brenden wrote on Facebook Wednesday. “Going to therapy in 1982 would be similar to getting a divorce in 1950. It wasn t done, and if it was, it wasn t supported by those around you. There certainly were not the kind of resources that fortunately exist for abused children today.”

Brendon went on to write that his mother was a victim of child abuse, and she was convinced by those around her that they should put her son’s abuse behind them.

“My mother regrets this deeply, and it hurt me that Dr. Phil took her to task for not forcing me into treatment at the time,” Brendon wrote.”

Following the taping in July, a rep for Dr. Phil told PEOPLE that Brendon “chose to disengage before a dialogue with Dr. Phil ever began.”

“There was no drama, he simply chose to leave and did so in a respectful manner. His family and associates remained and participated fully and productively,” the rep said. “Dr. Phil has nothing but the highest respect for Nicholas and wishes him the best in his quest for physical/mental health and sobriety, and stands ready to assist him in any way possible.”

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Brendon is best known for playing Xander on Buffy the Vampire Slayer from 1996 to 2003. He split from his wife, Moonda Tee in February.