April 14, 2009

Hurt responds to Matlin’s abuse claims

Hollywood actor William Hurt has issued an apology in response to abuse claims his ex-girlfriend Marlee Matlin made against him this week.

Matlin dated her co-star in 1987's Children of a Lesser God for about two years.

She discussed the past relationship on Access Hollywood when she was promoting her new memoir, I'll Scream Later, Monday.

I always had fresh bruises every day. And if I had a split lip, or if. ... I mean, there were a lot of things that happened that were not pleasant, Matlin told the entertainment news program. I was always afraid ... of him, but I loved him. Or maybe I thought I did. But look, I was 19, he was 35.

The now 43-year-old actress went on to recall how on the night she won her Oscar for Children, Hurt flung her on a bed and ripped her clothes off as she pleaded: No, no, no. Please, Bill, no.

Hurt issued a statement to E! News Tuesday, addressing Matlin's remarks.

My own recollection is that we both apologized and both did a great deal to heal our lives, Hurt said. Of course, I did and do apologize for any pain I caused. And I know we have both grown. I wish Marlee and her family nothing but good.