Ryan Phillippe Breaks His Silence On Assault Allegations

Ryan Phillippe is speaking out against the recent allegations from his ex-girlfriend, model Elsie Hewitt, in which she presented claims of assault, emotional distress, battery, and drug abuse. 

Phillippe sent out a letter on Twitter saying in part, "I am saddened and disgusted by the false allegations circulated about me. At the time these allegations were initially made, I fully cooperated with law enforcement and a thorough investigation was conducted."

He continues in his letter, "As a man, raised by women, in a household where women's rights, feminism, and advocacy were very much at the forefront, I am sickened that my name can be found in any article where domestic violence of any kind is being alleged."

The 43-year-old actor finished his statement by adding, "Domestic violence is a very real and tragic issue faced by many women the world over and should never be used to vengefully slander or as a ploy for monetary gain. This is wrong. This is not who I am. Every one of my accuser's allegations are false."

On Sept. 20 reports from Phillippe's ex-girlfriend were made public when she filed a lawsuit alleging he threw her down the stairs twice during an argument over the summer.

Phillippe is adamantly denying the claims.

-- Kevin Zelman 

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