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David Birney thinks ex-wife Meredith Baxter's new memoir belongs in the fiction section.
Claims that he abused her during their 15-year marriage are "an appalling abuse of the truth," Birney said in a statement to People, in which he called her autobiography, Untied, "a kind of fairy tale."
In fact, Birney alleges, it was Baxter who had the issues.
The Family Ties star "conducted a relentless and brutal assault" against him for eight years in order to "destroy" their joint custody arrangement and win sole custody of their three sons, Birney says.
"During that time she arrived in court repeatedly with various lawyers and several therapists, 'recovered memories,' accusations of abuse—a common charge in custody disputes—and tales of our life together that bore little resemblance to truth – a mean spirited process that battered us all, especially the children," he alleges. "The court denied her suit on every occasion.
"This current recycled version of our family story is no more credible now than it was then."
Birney says he actually finds it "immensely sad and truly absurd" that, in Baxter's entire book, she is "unable to reclaim a single instance of joy or pleasure" from their union.
"Nothing from our first meeting to divorce. Nothing, in sixteen years. Really?"
The actress, who came out as a lesbian in 2009, said Birney chose her as a partner decades ago because he wanted "someone who was mousy and quiet and retiring, and that's what I was."
"I had to look, if I did not want to be a victim—and I'd been committed to being a victim for a long time because it felt really warm and comfortable and familiar—but it was a disastrous position to be in."