In May, Dominic Monaghan announced on Twitter that his former “Lost” co-star Matthew Fox “beats women ... often,” a statement that came just weeks after Fox was arrested and charged with DUI in Oregon and almost a year after the actor formerly known as Jack Shephard was accused of punching a female bus driver in Cleveland, Ohio.
Fox’s people told TMZ that he “had never beat any woman in his life” and were baffled as to why Charlie Pace would say such a thing. But the forcefulness of Monaghan’s assertion — “it’s very difficult to sue someone for speaking the truth” he told one fan who came to Fox’s defense — stuck.
Now Matthew Fox has finally weighed in on the whole situation and, in an interview in the new issue of Men’s Health, says Monaghan was wrong.
“In the 46 years I’ve been breathing on this planet, I have never hit a woman before. Never have, never will,” he told the magazine, as People reports. “Out of all the negative s---, the only thing that’s true is that I was arrested for a DUI.”
In an interview with USA Today, he also repeats pretty much the same words: “I have never hit a woman in my life. Never have and never will. That’s not who I am.”
Fox — who plays a ripped serial killer in “Alex Cross,” which opens Friday — also seems to take responsibility for his DUI actions in that Men’s Health interview.
“I will bet you any amount of money that I will never get behind the wheel of a car after even one drink. The rest of it, the Cleveland situation, the Monaghan situation — was a pile of bulls----, and I’m not gonna waste too much breath on that.”
(For the record, no charges were ever brought in the Cleveland situation, and a civil case filed by the alleged victim was dropped.)
So far Monaghan’s Twitter feed has not addressed Fox’s most recent comments. Maybe, like his former island dweller, he’s also decided not to waste too much breath on all this.