Unless you’ve been living under a rock this week, you probably heard that Porsha Williams has stated that during her marriage to Kordell Stewart, he physically abused her on more than one occasion. No more alluding to it as she did on the show, just a flat out “yes” to questions of both physical and emotional abuse. This is what she told Billy Bush at Access Hollywood Live on Monday:
Porsha Williams: “The video [“Flatline”] does touch on domestic violence and some abuse I encountered in my marriage. It’s not exact to what I went through, because, honestly, what I went through was a little bit worse in some instances.”
Billy Bush: “What happened in the marriage?”
Williams: “Abuse. Physical abuse.”
Bush: “Did he hit you?”
Williams: “Yeah. There were several different occasions that this happened. When you’re in an abusive situation, it kind of just builds, and it starts to get worse and worse. And people ask me, why didn’t you tell anybody or call the police or what have you? I just thought that I could make it better. I honestly thought after each situation that I would change this or I would change that, and therefore the outcome wouldn’t be the same. It doesn’t work like that. I’m still realizing now that a lot of what happened, it wasn’t my fault.”
In response to her claims, Stewart told AHL that he never put his hands on his ex-wife, saying “It’s not true. I’ve never abused her. Never put my hands on her. Never.”
But that’s not all that Stewart has to say about Williams’ statements. Stewart actually issued a statement that the Atlanta Journal Constitution has obtained. In it, he basically says she’s saying these things about him now to keep herself relevant, and he has no time for the “foolishness.”
I married my wife because she was a Godly woman who had accepted her calling as a minister. The bright lights made Porsha lose her way. I no longer know the person she has become. I hope and pray she can turn her life around soon. I loved my wife, supported her and invested in her success. As a reminder, I divorced her. At no time has there been any findings against me, during or before the divorce proceedings, to indicate anything less than a loving and supportive husband.
I’m focused on raising my son and being a single dad. That is a big enough job, without having to continue to respond to her false claims and foolishness. It seems she is willing to do anything to try and keep herself relevant. I have moved forward in my life and I hope she can move forward and stop bringing me back into her life. I was done over 14 months ago with our relationship and marriage.
He doesn’t deny anything in a point-blank-period type of way with this statement, which is interesting. But only Williams, Stewart and God know the truth, so I’ll keep my personal opinions on who is lying to myself.
But, of course, feel free to share yours below.