Tamar Braxton Denies Ex David Adefeso's Claim That She Attacked Him: 'He Was My Best Friend'
Tamar Braxton publicly addresses her ex-David Adefeso's claim that she attacked him while he was driving this summer.
In PEOPLE's exclusive clip of Braxton's sit-down with Tamron Hall, which airs on Wednesday, the singer and reality star denies ever being violent with Adefeso.
"I am a domestic violence relationship survivor," she says. "And at no point were David and I in an abusive relationship."
In September it became known that Adefeso had applied for an injunction against Braxton (43). At the time, he spoke in a long video on his YouTube channel about an alleged physical altercation between the couple that prompted him to contact the police.
Speaking to Hall, Braxton says that both audio and video recordings of the incident exist. "I recorded it by voice, he recorded it on video," she says. "He's got a camera in his car."
"Does this video or voice recording show physical abuse?" Asks Hall.
"No it doesn't," replies Braxton. "He's got the videotape. He's got it. It was in his car. Let it go."
She gets emotional and goes on, "No, let me tell you something, I loved David. He was my best friend. He was an amazing, amazing partner. He was my son's best friend too, they were best friends. And it's just so hard because I never expected that from him through everything else. Now I have to be real with myself, does he act like that because he found me the way he found me? I probably know Not. "
Earl Gibson III / Getty Images David Adefeso and Tamar Braxton
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An Adefeso representative denied Braxton's report, again accusing her of "hitting him so hard" while he was driving that he "almost crashed his car". The spokesman added, "The prosecutor is investigating the incident and Mr. Adefeso is forced to serve her publicly by placing an ad in the Los Angeles Times for evading DVTRO."
In a statement to PEOPLE in September, Adefeso said that while hoping for his ex's "mental and emotional stability" he was "the victim in this situation".
"As I document in the file, I am actually a victim of domestic violence," he said. "Every seventh man experiences severe physical violence, but it remains a silent epidemic. As humiliating as that is, I have to stand up for my own truth and others who have no platform."
"And while that's not part of the filing, I have to confirm here and now that I have never physically abused Tamar before, during, or after our relationship. Period," he concluded. "I want to resolve our legal issues and get on with my life to focus on my business, my family and the future. I hope to leave the past two years behind me as soon as possible and stay out of courtrooms and the press. Despite my desire to remain silent, I will discredit falsehoods and defend my integrity and ethics. For this reason, I will not hide the truth of this situation or allow others to define myself with half-truths or complete falsehoods. "
In his then-YouTube video, Adefeso claimed he was driving "high speed" when Braxton "attacked" him.
"A blow in the back of my neck, my carotid artery," he said. "For those of you who are knowledgeable about medicine and carotid artery, that's what carries blood to your brain. If you get hit there, you get confused. I thought I was going to crash. I was driving fast."
"I called my mother - a 50-year-old man who has to call his mother when he drives," he continued. "Tamar was in the car. My mom started praying only to find out that I was secretly taken in after the blow, something that is illegal and unfair. And the tapes that were sent to my family, the tapes of me in Distress, I was in pain and called my mother. I was sent to my family and other people. "
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The incident came after it was reported in July that Adefeso had found Braxton unavailable in her room at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in downtown Los Angeles. Her hospital stay came hours after WE tv debuted in the trailer for Tamar Braxton: Get Ya Life !, a six-part documentary that explored her journey of motherhood, love and careers when she recorded a new album.
Later that month, Braxton broke the silence in a long post on Instagram discussing her "Path to Healing" and revealing that she had attempted suicide after working in the entertainment industry for the past 11 years A reality star suffered "pain".
She also publicly thanked Adefeso for saving her life in a since-deleted follow-up post.
Hall's full interview with Braxton will air on Wednesday (see local listings).
If you suffer from domestic violence, call the national domestic violence hotline at 1-800-799-7233 or go to thehotline.org. All calls are toll free and confidential. The hotline is available around the clock in more than 170 languages.
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