Sunday 11 December 2016

‘I’d like to apologise to Emma and her family’ – Man at centre of domestic violence storm breaks silence

Published 11/07/2015 | 21:12

Emma Murphy and Francis Usanga
Emma Murphy and Francis Usanga
Emma Murphy spoke out about domestic violence she suffered in a video she posted to social media this week

THE man at the centre of a viral domestic violence video has broken his silence.

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TV fitness instructor Francis Usanga became the centre of a worldwide viral storm after his ex-girlfriend posted a video accusing him of hitting her.

In an interview to be published in tomorrow’s Sunday World, Usanga apologises to Emma and her family for the distress her has caused.

“I’d like to apologise to Emma, her family, to my family and friends.”

Emma Murphy spoke out about domestic violence she suffered in a video she posted to social media this week
Emma Murphy spoke out about domestic violence she suffered in a video she posted to social media this week

He also admitted the young mother was hospitalised as a result of the violence.

“She went to hospital on her own behalf. It’s the worst situation that I’ve ever been in, a situation I didn’t handle and a situation that I was in the wrong.

He added: “No man should hit a woman.”

Ms Murphy went viral worldwide earlier this week when she posted a heartbreaking video to her Facebook page discussing her experience of domestic violence.

It has been viewed millions of times.

She tearfully told how she decided she was no longer going to be a victim of domestic abuse and had decided to leave her former partner.

Emma Murphy talks to Elaine Crowley on Midday on TV3
Emma Murphy talks to Elaine Crowley on Midday on TV3

The story and video has been picked up by major news outlets in the UK, Australia and the US.

In the video, Emma has an obvious injury to her left eye, and tells of how she has been physically assaulted and subjected to mental cruelty by her former partner whom she described as the "love of my life".

Emma recorded the message while sitting on the stairs.

“I need to do this for me and my children, to raise awareness for other women out there,” she says.

In the video she tells how the Usanga punched her and “split her head open” in previous episodes of violence.

“I’ve been told I’m paranoid,  that I’m a psycho, that I’m nuts, and that my insecurities will kill me one day, even up until now he tells me my insecurities will kill me,” she explains.

She calls for victims of abusive relationships to seek help and leave their partners for their own safety, warning that if a violent incident happens once it is likely to happen again.

She also appealed for women to walk away if they are in danger.

“It is very difficult for me but I have to do what is right,” she said.

 

The full interview with Francis Usanga can be read in tomorrow's Sunday World.

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