ABC is promoting "The Bachelor" with a slap to the face by a contestant, but the victim tells TMZ he doesn't want her prosecuted.
Brad tells TMZ, "I think Chantal was just trying to make a statement about my past behavior and make a strong first impression, which she did. "
Brad adds, "I think what Chantal did was a light-hearted gesture which I took as such. I do not condone violence in any relationship, nor would I keep someone around who I felt truly wished to do me harm."
As Brad left the premiere party last night -- he told us the slap was, "very real and very hard." Brad also told us he didn't want Chantal prosecuted because he "deserved" it.
So what do you think?