Brody Jenner is feasting on crow, after profusely apologizing to Joe Francis whom he now says he wrongly accused of beating his then-girlfriend.
Brody told TMZ at the time of the incident ... Joe beat up Jayde Nicole -- pulling her hair and punching her in the face -- at an L.A. club in August of '09.
Sources tell TMZ Brody and Joe have now settled what turned into a legal beef -- and as part of the settlement, Brody was required to write a letter of apology to Joe.
In the letter -- obtained by TMZ -- Brody says, "I would like to acknowledge for the record that the media reports that you beat up Jayde Nicole ... were completely inaccurate."
Brody goes on to say, "I have always known you to be a gentleman and I'm very sorry that you were wrongly accused that night."
And the always-polite Brody ends by writing, "Please accept my congratulations and best wishes on your recent marriage."
Sometimes, love means having to say you're sorry.