Over the past two years or so, Matthew Fox went kind of crazy. Not Amanda Bynes crazy, more like… Mini-Mel Gibson crazy. Fox was accused of being a violent, drunken mess in Ohio last year, and a woman claimed that he punched her in the boob, stomach and biscuit. And then just a few months ago, Fox was arrested for a DUI in his home state of Oregon. Well, Fox has done his first major interview since all of the craziness, in the November issue of Men’s Fitness. Fox is promoting Alex Cross, the reboot of the James Patterson franchise with Tyler Perry as Alex Cross and Fox playing the villain. In this interview, Matthew directly addresses the rumors, the DUI arrest, and he sort of discusses the Dominic Monaghan tweet, where Dominic said Fox “beats women regularly”.
Fox doesn’t beat women: “It’s been a long, trying year of sitting on my hands on a lot of negative sh-t said about me, when they’re the furthest things from who I am. That I beat a woman in Cleveland when in fact I was assaulted by a man and did nothing but retaliate against him? In the 46 years I’ve been breathing on this planet, I have never hit a woman before. Never have, never will. But I think there’s still gonna be a lot of people out there who’ll think it’s true no matter what the f—k I say. Out of all the negative sh-t, the only thing that’s true is that I was arrested for a DUI.”
On his DUI: “It was a stupid f—kin’ decision… I got the lowest level of alcohol informational treatment the state of Oregon will allow for first-time offenders, I did my four Sundays of group informational treatment, and who know what? I learned a f—kload from that… I will bet you any amount of money that I will never get behind the wheel of a car after even one drink.”
On Dominic Monaghan saying he beats women: “The rest of it, the Cleveland situation, the [Dominick] Monaghan situation – was a pile of bullsh-t, and I’m not gonna waste too much breath on that.”
His “unbearable” life: “There is so much you don’t have control over. I’m talking all the way from the woman in Cleveland claiming I hit her to the media picking it up and making a story out of it. From waiting in a trailer for four hours when you were ready for the shot three hours before all the way to the woman who is constantly in your face fixing makeup and wardrobe. And that, at times, is almost unbearable for me. Unbearable!”
[From Men’s Fitness, November 2012 print edition]
I believed the story about Matthew being a drunken mess and punching a woman who got in his way. I believed her even if he wasn’t charged with the assault, and I tend to assume that he might have been black-out drunk when he committed the assault, so maybe that’s his “out”. He doesn’t beat women when he’s not sh-tfaced. And if I’m given a choice… I will take Dominic Monaghan’s word over Fox, any day of the week. Is that wrong?
As for the DUI stuff… he makes it sound like a dumb mistake, and I do appreciate that he says he will never get behind the wheel, even if he’s only had one drink. The problem is that I still think the dude has major issues, and only some of them are related to his drinking.
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