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'Family Ties' Star Meredith Baxter Opens Up About Abuse She Suffered From Ex-Husband: “I Couldn't Tell You Which Hand Hit Me”

Date May 29, 2019 13:20

Do you know that one in three women suffers from domestic abuse? Even female celebrities also face violence at the hands of someone they trust and love. Meredith Baxter is one of those women who suffered the abuse from her ex-husband and is opening up about it in her new memoir.

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Who is Meredith Baxter?

Actress and producer Meredith Baxter is best known for playing hippie mom Elyse Keaton on the sitcom Family Ties. The actress began her career with a guest role in the TV series The Young Lawyers. 

Her rise to fame grew after she played one of the main roles in the TV drama series Family. She has made appearances in numerous films.

The breast cancer survivor was a co-host on the NBC morning news and talk show Today. So far, in her career, she has been nominated five times for the Emmy Awards.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Domestic abuse allegations

In her new memoir Untitled, the actress says she was a victim of emotional and physical abuse. In her memoir, Meredith said that the abuser, who was her then-husband David Birney, would hit her more than once. 

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It was so sudden and unexpected, I couldn't tell you which hand hit me, or even how hard. I do recall thinking, 'I'd better not get up because he's going to hit me again.

The Family Ties star wrote was able to cope with the marital violence by drinking heavily, although she is sober now.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Ex-husband denies abuse claims

David was the actress’s former co-star on Bridget Loves Bernie. The couple dated a few years and were married for over a decade before getting a divorce. They have three children together. 

David has since denied all domestic abuse allegations. In a statement obtained by People, the actor calls his ex-wife’s claims “an appalling abuse of the truth” and described her new memoir as “a kind of fairy tale.”

'Family Ties' Star Meredith Baxter Opens Up About Abuse She Suffered From Ex-Husband: “I Couldn't Tell You Which Hand Hit Me”'Family Ties' Star Meredith Baxter Opens Up About Abuse She Suffered From Ex-Husband: “I Couldn't Tell You Which Hand Hit Me”'Family Ties' Star Meredith Baxter Opens Up About Abuse She Suffered From Ex-Husband: “I Couldn't Tell You Which Hand Hit Me”Getty Images / Ideal Image

Breaking his silence, the actor issued a forceful denial of Meredith’s allegations that he abused her during their marriage.

Meredith is an inspiration to all women who have gone through domestic abuse and an unhealthy marriage. There is always a way out!