Halle Berry never claimed that her ex-husband David Justice was abusive to her, but the rumor was so widespread for years that this week Justice publicly proclaimed he’d had enough in a series of tweets.
Now he is thanking the Oscar winner for “finally quashing all the rumors” – although the actress herself hasn’t spoken out directly on the subject.
“I just want to thank Halle for finally squashing all of the rumors in the past, that I had physically abused her,causing the hearing loss,” he wrote Tuesday afternoon.
He also later defended himself, stating that he had never assaulted his ex-wife.
“Say what you want about me because I’m far from perfect, but don’t say that I hit Halle,” he tweeted.
A day earlier, Justice, a former professional baseball player, also took to Twitter, claiming that he never hit Berry during their 5-year marriage and is not the former boyfriend she has said caused permanent damage to her left ear. Berry has never claimed Justice was abusive toward her (she never named the man who was), but she did file a restraining order against him when they separated in 1996
Sources close to Berry told PEOPLE, “Halle and David haven’t spoken for years and when they did last, there was no animosity between them whatsoever. They were really friendly.”
After Justice thanked Berry, in a series of tweets he added that his “intention was not to bash Halle,” and that he was simply trying to clear his name, as he now has a family of his own and wanted to make sure this his kids knew the truth.
Justice opened up about his Twitter rant – in which he mentioned Berry’s other high profile exes including Eric Benét and Gabriel Aubry, and issued a warning to Martinez in a series of tweets that have since been deleted – telling the Daily Mail, “I had to say something after reading about Halle’s recent marriage.”
“So many years ago, I didn’t say anything about the accusations that I abused her, but now I have three children, ages, 15, 13 and 11, two boys and one girl, and they can read this stuff and they have friends who will read it as well so I had to finally come out and say once and for all I never hit Halle Berry.”
He also told Access Hollywood that he is “not trying to be the voice of Halle’s exes,” and that he was not trying to get his “name back in the media.”
Justice said he has not spoken to Berry or any of her exes.
“I am not in contact with Halle or any of the boyfriends, nor am I trying to be. I’m not that dude,” he concluded.
Now that Justice feels his truth has been heard, he says he plans to go back to coaching and mentoring kids in his community.