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Hasselhoff Gives His Story

5/4/2007 7:19 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

David HasselhoffDavid Hasselhoff has issued the following statement to TMZ in the wake of the leaked videotape that showed him visibly intoxicated.

"More than a year ago, I made a difficult decision, for the sake of our children and myself, to file for divorce. To this day, my ex-wife has engaged in conduct designed to punish me by repeatedly publishing false statements to the press. Despite her fabricated claims, I have, from the outset of this painful divorce, consistently taken the high road by not responding to the myriad of false allegations made against me by her out of consideration for our children. I recognize that public discussion of the issues which exist between us is not something which is in the best interests of our daughters.

But recent events have made it impossible for me to continue to remain silent. My ex-wife, and her latest attorney (who seems to share a thirst for publicity) recently suggested that I had not only been physically abusive to her, but that I was also physically abusive towards our two daughters, as well. This latest claim is not only utterly false, but it is also obscene. Our daughters are outraged by the falsity of their mother's claims and urged me to allow them to go to the press to challenge these claims. I discouraged our daughters from doing so, but I agreed that I would finally come forward and challenge these absurd claims made by their mother.

My ex-wife's actions are nothing more than a transparent attempt to garner attention from the media and to hurt me. Her claims that I ever physically abused her or our children are ludicrous. It is inexcusable that my ex-wife has perpetuated these false claims against me, without consideration for the toll her actions have taken on the girls. However, it is clear that she will resort to any means to obtain the attention of the media in order to satisfy her own perverse need for publicity, regardless of its impact on our daughters or me.

The lack of veracity of her claims have, and will continue to be borne out in the marital litigation. Unfortunately, our children have been subjected to physical and emotional abuse on numerous occasions, but it has been at the hands of their own mother, which abuse has been documented by the Court appointed experts in our marital proceedings.

"... my ex-wife has refused to deal with her own issues ..."

While I acknowledge that I am a recovering alcoholic who must deal with my own issue on a daily basis, my ex-wife has refused to deal with her own issues, which include having tested positive for alcohol and illegal substances in response to court ordered testing. Although she has publicly denied having tested positive, proof of her drug use is part of the Court record.

I truly hope that my ex-wife will get the help that she so desperately needs for her own sake and for the sake of our children, and that in the future she will refrain from perpetuating falsehoods and selfishly compromising the well-being of our children so that they can move forward with their lives, with their privacy respected. I look forward to the day that our marital litigation is behind me, so that our children and I can move forward with our lives in peace."

UPDATE: Debra Opri just issued the following statement on behalf of her client Pamela Bach-Hasselhoff:

"Although Mr. Hasselhoff has publicly admitted the truthfulness and authenticity of a video showing him severely intoxicated in the presence of his minor daughter while she was in his custody, his private conduct behind the scenes continues to be deplorable in that he refuses to accept responsibility for his actions by transferring blame to his ex-wife. This is the behavior of a man in denial who arrogantly spins his explanations to the media in an attempt to save face. The spinning is over.

"While his continuing abuse of alcohol violates court orders, more importantly it is harming their children's lives in what has become an all out 'hate fest' by Mr. Hasselhoff against his ex-wife."

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Nori Shimell    

It amazes me how judgmental people can be ...I wonder how many times some of these people that comment have been that drunk just not caught on tape.If this man was this horrible to his kid's I am sure at thier age they would choose to have nothing to do with him.Just because the mother hasn't been caught on tape does not prove she is the good guy.I think she leaked this tape which makes her deplorable. As far as Debra Opri's statement shes just a media attention grabber and highly unprofessional. Get well David and focus on one thing your children the rest does not matter.

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On the cheap    

DENIAL is not just a river in Egypt, Dave-O! He's an addict, recovering or not, and she is exploiting it to suit her own agenda. The method and tactics are the same with every divorce in the world! He won't take responsibility cause that's what addicts DO and she wants to blame him for all her problems cause she is mad that she let herself be sucked into the insanity of it for so long. It's the Girls that are bearing the brunt of responsibility here. Sad really. As far as #13 comment goes... You are every addict's dream. When does understanding stop and accountability start?

2675 days ago


where's kip when ya need him?

2693 days ago


Who leaked the tape to the media?

2693 days ago


Be a man and quite crying about your pathetic life.

2693 days ago


Maybe this guy and Alec Baldwin should get a clue....stop blaming others for your own problems!!!

2693 days ago


hey #1 its KIT....Jackass

2693 days ago


This is so tragic. I'm not taking sides because I don't have any idea of what the real issues are (and my opinion doesn't matter much anyway), but I do fear what will happen to this case now that Deb Opri is involved. In my view, she pushes things too far and acts without regard to the pain her actions and statements will have on others, or in this case, the daughters.

So sad. So very sad.

2693 days ago


why don't we know who leaked the tape?

2693 days ago


I wish I could think of something LESS RELEVANT! WHO CARES?

2693 days ago

searching for truth    

Was he intoxicated when he wrote this?

2693 days ago

You're All Losers    

I am offended and outraged and Mr. Hasselhoff's spurious remarks about my motives in this case. Now excuse me while I go take a big crap i the john.

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uhm ok. but you were hammered! why do ex wives get blamed when men act like idiots?

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