Ryan Phillippe has broken his silence on the domestic violence allegations being made against him by ex-girlfriend Elsie Hewitt.
The actor took to Twitter to share his words on the incident, writing that he is "saddened and disgusted" by the "false" allegations being made by his former partner.
"Domestic violense is a very real and tragic issue faced by many women the world over and should never be used to vengefully slender or as a ploy for monetary gain," he continued. "This is wrong. This is not who I am. Every one of my accuser's allegations are false."
“As a staunch advocate for the health, well-being and equality of women, Ryan is completely devastated that these false allegations have been made and circulated,” the actor’s rep also said in a statement to PEOPLE. “Domestic violence is an incredibly serious issue and fabricated and proven false claims should not be used to unjustly slander the falsely accused. The claims are false.”
Hewitt is accusing Ryan of physically abusing her on the 4th of July 2017, and has filed a $1million civil lawsuit against the actor for allegedly kicking, punching and throwing her down the stairs after an argument.
The 21-year-old model has claimed that the 43-year-old actor left a party on July 3rd because she was ignoring him. She alleges she went to his house on the 4th to pack up her things, with a friend, and claims this was when the physical abuse ensued.
Hewitt was reportedly taken to Cedars-Sinai Medical Centre, where police filed a report and granted her a temporary emergency restraining order against Phillippe, which lasted until the 12th of July.
In response to Phillippe's statement, Hewitt's attorney tells E! News, "The only thing Phillipe's PR statement has right is the fact that domestic violence is a serious issue," they said. "The claim that he didn't assault her is laughable."
Her attorney has also slammed any suggestion that his client had filed the suit for fame and money, telling PEOPLE the model wants to take a stand against domestic violence.
We'll keep you updated on the case as it unfolds.
If you or someone you know is impacted by domestic or family violence call 1800RESPECT on 1800 737 732 or visit www.1800RESPECT.org.au.