ET spoke with Halle Berry’s ex-husband, David Justice, about the 49-year-old actress saying she suffered hearing loss from one of her exes.
Berry – who recently filed for divorce from her third husband, Olivier Martinez – has said in previous interviews that a former flame was so abusive that he caused partial deafness in her left ear.
Justice was married to the Oscar winner from 1992 to 1997, and insists his ex-wife is not talking about him when she tells this story. The actress said this incident occurred around the time she was shooting the 1991 film, The Last Boy Scout, prior to their marriage.
When ET spoke with the former baseball player, he explained why he felt the need to speak out after all these years. “Having three kids, [ages] 15, 13 and 11, the careless reporting of me being the one who caused her hearing loss is unacceptable,” he said. “That was the only purpose of my tweets, really.”
“I just felt that if I didn’t say anything about this particular thing, my kids’ friends might read it and assume that it was true,” he continued. “I’m in the community coaching baseball, football and basketball, and I can’t have that.”
In further (now deleted) tweets to his 18,000-plus followers, Justice claims Berry told him that another one of her exes caused her hearing loss. “She was mad at me leaving the relationship so she and her Hollywood Team just tried to destroy my character,” the 49-year-old wrote. “It had to be my fault, right?”
Justice goes on to call out the Extant star’s former flames. “Me, (second husband Eric Benet), (boyfriend) Gabriel Aubry and Olivier were all her ‘Knight in Shining Armor’ until it ends,” he tweeted. “Then we all become the worst guys in history.”
The next message read: “Only the guys in the relationship with Halle know the real deal …There will be another, of course. He’ll be called ‘The Best’ until it ends.”
He then calls out Martinez exclusively, writing: “Just wait, Olivier.. It’s coming! She insinuated that her daughter wasn’t safe around Gabriel.. look it up and see the reason! Just wrong.”
“It just makes me mad to still see the same lie being perpetuated about the source of her abuse being me,” Justice said in his final message about Berry. “Never happened! #formerboyfriend.”
“I don’t have anything else to say about Halle nor was I trying to bash her,” Justice told ET after his Twitter rant, “Nor will I speak on all of the other rumors of our relationship.”
ET has reached out to Berry’s reps regarding Justice’s tweets.
Now, Eric Benet has been sketchy ever since he claimed to have a sex addition — and then didn’t. Whether one applies a clinical term to stepping out (repeatedly) or not, Eric still appears to have been unfaithful, so unless he’s going to discuss that truth, it’s probably best not to open his mouth at all.
Olivier has yet to speak for himself in this divorce saga, but given the damage we already know he can do, as evidenced by the number he did on Halle’s ex, Gabriel Aubry’s face, we don’t have to look too deep to see he might have anger issues. The paparazzi can also attest to that.
The bottom line is no one is blameless when it comes to the demise of a relationship, but this immature and very public banter between Eric and David right now simply serves to fuel the sexist, biased and unfounded claims that Halle Berry is some crazy nut who destroys every man who comes across her path. (And yet the Kardashians live on in untainted glory, but I digress.) Both of these men have been separated from Halle for too long to be having this bitter bromance bonding moment on social media. The only reason either is even being talked about right now is because Halle’s going through a divorce; otherwise they’d both remain pretty irrelevant. Seeing as it’s been nearly 20 years since the end of their marriage for David and 10 for Eric, both only need to do one thing: get over it.