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Posted at 01:08 PM ET, 08/14/2012

Evelyn Lozada says Chad Johnson needs help


Lozada and Johnson in March. (Evan Agostini / AP)
Evelyn Lozada has spoken out about the domestic dispute last weekend that resulted in the arrest of Chad Johnson, her husband of just over five weeks.

The reality TV star, in a statement released by her publicist, said she hopes Johnson, who is free on $2,500 bond, “seeks the help he needs.”

Lozada suffered “a pretty good sized” head laceration, according to police Captain Dale Engle, when Johnson allegedly head-butted her as they fought in their Smart Car over a receipt for condoms that she had found. Johnson told police that she had head-butted him.

Shortly after Johnson, known as Chad Ochocinco until just after the couple’s wedding, was released from jail, the Miami Dolphins cut the wide receiver, citing what Coach Joe Philbin said was a “body of evidence.”

Johnson has not commented on the incident. His usually bubbling Twitter feed, with over 3.5 million followers, has been silent since Saturday afternoon, but there should at least be an indication of how he handled the news of his release tonight, in tonight’s episode of “Hard Knocks,” which reportedly shows Philbin meeting with Johnson.

Lozada’s statement:

“It is with great sadness and much trepidation that I release this statement addressing the domestic violence incident that happened this past Saturday. I am deeply disappointed that Chad has failed to take responsibility for his actions and made false accusations against me, it is my sincere hope that he seeks the help he needs to overcome his troubles. Domestic violence is not okay and hopefully my taking a stand will help encourage other women to break their silence as well. I’m grateful to my family, friends and fans for the outpouring of support during this difficult time.”

On Monday, VH1 announced that it was canceling “Ev & Ocho,” a reality spinoff of Lozada’s “Basketball Wives” that starred the couple and chronicled their courtship and wedding. Eleven episodes were recorded, according to the New York Times.

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