Current “Married At First Sight” star David Norton was arrested for a domestic dispute that involved an ex-girlfriend back in 2007, according to People. The incident resurfaced online in the midst of his time on the FYI show, and he attempts to clear his name.
“Ashley and I have both faced some heat since the show began airing,” he explains to People. “My wife has received threats from anonymous people sitting behind a computer screen, which is totally vile and inappropriate.”
The reality star, who wed Ashley Doherty on the show, also further explains what happened between him and his ex so long ago.
“It also seems some people are looking to find dirt on me. And let me tell you, I’m not perfect,” he goes on. “I was arrested when I was 21, after I got into a loud fight with my brother when I caught him with my girlfriend.”
Norton admits that he lost his temper, but he maintains that he was not intentionally trying to harm anyone. Additionally, he says that the result of the charge is miniscule in comparison to other violent crimes.
“I smashed a phone in anger, and I wanted nothing more than to get them out of the house,” he explains.
“While I was angry, I never hit anyone. I was cited for disorderly conduct and I ended up attending one two-hour class. Neither my girlfriend nor my brother ever filed charges, and I was never convicted of any crime. I was young and stupid – it’s something that I deeply regret and it isn’t something that I’m proud of.”
“Married at First Sight” airs Tuesdays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on FYI.