Josh Brolin discussed that 2004 domestic abuse arrest as he opened up to the New York Times in a candid new interview.
The 50-year-old was arrested for the lowest-end misdemeanor charge of domestic battery 14 years ago after his ex-wife, Diane Lane, called the police claiming that he’d hit her.
Lane, 53, who remained married to the actor for nine more years before they split in 2013, ended up not pressing charges. Brolin was released after posting $20,000 bail.
Speaking about the incident, the actor shared: “God, I’ve never been so careful with my words. Ever. Maybe in all 50 years. And there’s no reason for me to be other than there’s no explaining it. Do you know what I mean? The only person who can explain that would be Diane [Lane], and she’s chosen not to, so I’m O.K. with that.”
The couple’s publicist released a statement at the time to call the whole thing a “misunderstanding.” However, Brolin insisted he understands he now needs to talk about it amid the #MeToo movement.
The star added, “I was more reactive, I was more, ‘People need to know the truth.’ Whatever I say is going to sound like compensation for a perpetrator.
“I’ve gotten to a place where all that matters is that I have control over my behaviour, and at that time, it was a little more chaotic.”
The publication stated that Lane had declined to comment.
Brolin has since married Kathryn Boyd, with the pair tying the knot in September 2016, before they announced in May this year they were expecting a baby girl.