Tio Hardiman wife files for divorce

June 20, 2013 (CHICAGO)

Alison Hardiman cited irreconcilable differences in her court documents. She also requested a temporary restraining order against her husband.

Just a few weeks ago, Tio Hardiman was fired after he was charged with domestic battery. He claims he did not put his hands on his wife.

Hardiman said June 7 he is trying to face his domestic battery arrest head-on.

"I have fallen from grace. It is not easy to deal with this," said Hardiman.

Hardiman said he is sorry his recent charges of domestic battery cast a negative light on his anti-violence efforts.

"I would like to apologize to the governor, the mayor, Superintendent McCarthy," said Hardiman. "I feel bad that this negative attention has descended upon my life, my family, my personal life has been brought to the forefront, but I am not running and hiding -- that should say a lot -- I'm not trying to be Drew Peterson."

Hillside police arrested Hardiman after his wife said he hit her in the face, kicked her, and caused a small cut on her neck.

Hardiman's wife's lawyer, Ferdinand Serpe, said she was pummeled.

"Her words were she was beaten like an animal," said Serpe.

"Here's the reality... I am a 240-pound man... I know how to fight a little bit, OK? So, if I had beaten my wife like an animal, she would not have been able to walk to the car and go to the police station at all and refuse medical treatment; if you beat a person like an animal, that just doesn't happen," said Hardiman. "Once again, for the record, no, I did not put my hands on my wife."

This is not the first time Hardiman has been in trouble with the law for domestic violence. In 1999, he pleaded guilty to battery after his first wife claimed he punched her and pushed her to the ground, saying: "When I get finished with you, nobody's gonna want you."

"I don't recall even making that statement at all," said Hardiman. "Something occurred back in 1999, but if you look at my track record from 1999 up until 2013, I have been an absolute peacemaker, and I didn't just wake up all of a sudden on May 31st and say, 'it's time to commit an act of violence,'" said Hardiman.

Hardiman is due back in court July 2 and adamantly denies that he beat his wife. Both the 1999 and current charges are misdemeanors.

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