Kordell Stewart, who divorced Williams in December, 2013, released a statement today responding to her allegations of mental and physical abuse. He doesn't specifically deny those allegations, merely saying, in broad terms about "false claims and foolishness." He also noted that Porsha never said anything about such abuse in divorce court proceedings (which doesn't mean it didn't happen.)
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.
Porsha Williams officially apologized for attacking Kenya Moore on "The Real Housewives of Atlanta" reunion show last month at the Biltmore in Midtown.
On the show, she grabbed Moore by the hair and dragged her to the ground. Moore appeared unharmed but she called the police and Williams has been booked for a misdemeanor battery charge. The episode aired April 20.
Williams gave the exclusive statement to Us magazine, which pays for such exclusives. The statement includes a specific apology. Williams also confirms something she implied during the show: that Kordell Stewart, her ex husband, physically hurt her during her relationship. Here is her statement, in part.
"I suffered severe bullying since I was a child, to the extent of contemplating suicide and was also physically and mentally abused in my marriage. Throughout the season on Real Housewives I was manipulated and bullied and at the reunion taping when emotions were heightened, I was pushed too far with objects waved in my face and my personal space was continuously violated, and I reacted in a way which I am not proud of."
Her statement does not specifically reference Moore, who has demanded Williams be taken off the show for her violent act.