It is not often that people come out and deny culpability over something they have not even been formally accused of. So it’s a little weird when they do. Is David Justice trying to get a little more famous by attaching himself to Halle Berry’s history of abuse? Or is he, protesting too much? People Magazine reports today Nov. 9 that David Justice is claiming he did not abuse Halle Berry. Meanwhile, Halle Berry never said he did. But he’s been responding to what he considers to be haters that have alleged that he is her abuser, and it seems to have gotten a little out of control.
David Justice is more than a boyfriend however and is Halle’s ex-husband from the previous century. Literally. They’ve been divorced for twenty-four years. And he told People Magazine Nov. 9 that the abuse is “all he’s heard about” for 20 years.
Really? Where is he hearing this from? He seems to be the only person that is hearing about this.
A lot of people, and maybe even Academy Award winner Halle Berry, are saying, David who? Nobody knows who he is, never mind that he was allegedly stigmatized by the raging inferno of public opinion as the abuser of Halle Berry. But he told People that he was.
“Over the past 20 years, I’ve heard people saying, ‘Isn’t that the dude who hit Halle Berry in the head?”
David is no nobody if you like baseball. He won the 2000 MVP award in the Major Leagues playing for the Atlanta Braves. He was already Halle’s ex-husband then. He claims fans would scream at him while on the field, ‘Hey Justice, hit the ball like you hit Halle!’
But most athletic greats find it difficult to stay relevant after their glory days are over. Just ask Lance Armstrong and Oscar Pistorius.
David went on to succeed not only in baseball but also in love, despite his alleged international reputation of being a good hitter. He met a girl named Rebecca and they married in 2001.
Good for Rebecca and David! So now Rebecca and David and Halle and the Academy are on their way to happily ever after in 2001.
It is 2015. And for some reason the subject has come up again. People reported it came up when David tweet tweet raged to Halle Berry and then deleted it.
On one of his tweets he said, “Don’t put my name in the same sentence as the word abuse!” Yet, he seems to be the only one doing that. One reason he states he is upset about this now is that Halle only squashed the rumors now, and should have done so 15 years ago because he has kids and is a coach and wants to be respected.
Presumably, the children that have been with him for over a decade, living with him over a decade, know his character. One tweeter brought this up.
If he is not an abuser, what other reasons are there to take this matter public as he did? Another reason that he is protesting too much, may be the case if he is an abuser. One tweeter in response to his tweet ramp about not being an abuser says,
“Heard David has been accused by mother of his son though. Once an abuser always an abuser.”
The truth is there is no reason for David Justice to be talking about this publicly right now. There is no space for “garnering fame” in an abuse story, is what every abuse victim will tell you. They will also say that anyone that tries to exploit abuse for money or notoriety should be ashamed of themselves. The last thing that victims, more than anybody, want to talk about is what happened to them.
That’s why abuse is so under reported. It’s a shameful experience to have to acknowledge to anybody, that somebody once thought so low of you they injured you to the point of near deafness.
It did not appear that David Justice seemed to care about that. David’s exact words are that he never hit her.
“All I was trying to do was let the world know that David Justice is not the person who hit her on her head and caused her hearing loss. Not only did David Justice not do that, David Justice never hit her, period.”
Language experts would have a field day with this one. Why is David Justice so particular about using the word “hit?” Abuse is abuse and “hitting” is not the only method.
Any doctor would agree that a concussion that leads to partial deafness can actually be incurred in literally an infinite number of ways. A “hit” from a human is not the only way. That wasn’t the only peculiar thing about his statement.
Why did he refer to himself by his full name three times in one rant? Third-person storytelling about yourself however is a linguistic tactic used when one is trying to distance themselves from the story they are telling. This happens in linguistics of deception according to researchers at Harvard Business Week.
Professors Lyn Van Swol and her team of researchers found that the language of liars is actually very “telling”. Their research revealed that liars will use more words, as they talk in circles around a subject in order to get around the truth. Lyn Van Swol says,
“Just like Pinocchio’s nose, the number of words grows along with the lie. Liars [also] used far more third-person pronouns than truth tellers or omitters. This is a way of distancing themselves from and avoiding ownership of the lie.”
When asked if he was doing this to get a reality show David says he is not doing this for media attention. Who did he say that to? The media. Access Hollywood reports David said,
“It’s not about me trying to get my name back in the media. I’m not trying to get a reality show. I just felt like I needed to say something. I don’t like the fact that when I’m brought up there has to be this stigma of this alleged abuse.”
But it was David that brought this stigma on himself. It’s unusual. And the public responded as much on Twitter as can be seen in the slideshow.
Is David Justice “just like Pinocchio”? Or is he just trying to get a little fame off of an abuse survivor? Horrible either way. What do you really think is happening here? Watch the video here that chronicles the work that Halle does for the world and for domestic violence victims and survivors when she’s not wowing them on the big screen.