I’ve heard several stories about William Hurt being a major asshole and boozer, but I really didn’t know he was a lady beater. In her new book, Marlee Matlin claims that William Hurt beat her ass constantly during their 2-year relationship in the 80s. This shit makes me sad, because I’ve always had a weird thing for William Hurt. Especially in Body Heat. Well, fuck.
Marlee says that the night she won the Oscar for Children of a Lesser God, she had bruises on her body from William beating her. She told Access Hollywood, “I was afraid. I was always afraid… of him. But I loved him. I did. Or maybe I thought I did. But look, I was 19, he was 35. We were together for two years. We lived together and it was one of the most… He’s one of the most complex persons that I’ve ever dealt with. But, at the time, living with him was different than anything I’ve ever experienced.”
Marlee said the abuse was so bad that she had fresh bruises on her body every day. She never called the cops to report his ass, because she was a cokehead at the time and the bad shit was fucking with her thinking. Marlee said, “The drugs took over my life, took over my brain. I was 19 and I was alone in New York City. I had no friends there except my drug dealer. I could say that I understand how women are afraid to leave an abusive relationship. They should, but at the same time, I understand how they don’t know how.”
When asked to comment, William Hurt’s spokesbitch said nothing. And I doubt he ever will.