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Josh Brolin Talks Domestic Violence Arrest: ‘There’s No Explaining It’

Jun. 21 2018, Updated 12:21 p.m. ET

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After 14 years of staying silent, actor Josh Brolin is addressing his 2004 domestic violence arrest.

As RadarOnline.com readers know, the actor was taken into custody in 2004 after then-wife Diane Lane called cops saying he had hit her. He was later released on a $20,000 bail.

The former couple’s spokeswoman at the time said they’d had a “misunderstanding at their home” and had resolved their issues. She added that Lane did not want to press charges and that Brolin was arrested “for the lowest-end misdemeanor charge of domestic battery.”

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In his recent interview with The New York Times, the actor claimed he still has nothing to say of the brutal incident.

“God, I’ve never been so careful with my words. Ever. Maybe in all 50 years,” admitted Brolin, 50. “And there’s no reason for me to be other than there’s no explaining it. Do you know what I mean? The only person who can explain that would be Diane Lane, and she’s chosen not to, so I’m OK with that.”

Brolin — who stayed married to Lane for nine years after the incident — told the Times that while he understands why it’s important for him to speak of the incident, he feels that he’s a completely different man now.

“I was more reactive, I was more, ‘People need to know the truth,’” Brolin recalled. “Whatever I say now is going to sound like compensation for a perpetrator. I’ve gotten to a place where all that matters is that I have control over my behavior, and at that time, it was a little more chaotic.”

Josh Brolin is now starring in two of the biggest films of the summer, and remains married to longtime assistant, Kathryn Boyd.

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