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Matthew Fox: 'Assault case was a hoax'

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Matthew Fox has again insisted that the assault case filed against him last year was baseless.

The former Lost star - who told Men's Health that the situation was "bulls**t" - was accused of assaulting a woman outside a bar in August 2011.

Prosecutors decided not to file charges against Fox, while a civil case was dropped earlier this year.

Appearing on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Fox explained that he wanted to clear up the story.

"It's been a very tough year for myself and my family," he said. "It's difficult to be accused of something that I did not do. I never hit a woman in my life - never have, never will. That's not a part of who I am as a man and I hold that very dear to how I define my character, so that's been very difficult."

Fox explained that the incident occurred when he retaliated to being "sucker punched in the face" by a man.

"She was a woman that was in proximity to that and she decided that she was going to write a different version of events that happened that night and try to extort money from me," he explained.



"The prosecutors in Cleveland took about six seconds to see that it was a hoax and threw that out. But then it moved into a civil case and we had to depose witnesses and find the truth, and that took quite a long time. So now it's in the past and the case was dismissed and now I can finally speak my side of the story for the first time."

Fox also explained his decision to remain silent about the case until now, explaining that he had been advised not to discuss the incident because of the ongoing civil case.

"I also find it's just a little bit undignified to come out and respond to people's allegations that are so outlandish," he said. "I was going to let the courts resolve it on that end and then I knew there would be a time down the road where I got an opportunity to tell the truth."

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