I Never Hit Karrine Steffans!
Darius claims it's all part of a divorce gone wrong ... adding, it's clear his ex -- famous video vixen Karrine Steffans -- "didn't take the finality of the divorce well and has resorted to her old tricks of public defamation."
Darius tells us, he wants everyone to know that "in no way does he condone anyone resorting to violence against another human being to solve a problem."
As we first reported, Karrine has filed for a permanent restraining order against Darius -- who divorced her earlier this year -- claiming he choked her out several times ... and even beat her with a belt in front of her 12-year-old son.
A hearing is set for next week.