Meredith Baxter’s new memoir is fiction, says ex-husband David Birney. He reported to People magazine that claims that he abused her during their 15-year marriage are “an appalling abuse of the truth.”

After their divorce 20 years ago, he says, Baxter “conducted a relentless and brutal assault” for eight years against their shared custody of their three children in what he called an attempt “to destroy that arrangement and replace it with herself as sole custodian.”

“During that time she arrived in court repeatedly with various lawyers and several therapists, ‘recovered memories,’ accusations of abuse – a common charge in custody disputes – and tales of our life together that bore little resemblance to truth – a mean spirited process that battered us all, especially the children,” he says. “The court denied her suit on every occasion.”

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