Meredith Baxter, the 63-year-old former Family Ties actress who came out two years ago, says discovering his sexuality wasn’t her only struggle. She also had to deal with an abusive husband.
In Baxter’s new book Untied, which hits Tuesday, she claims her second ex-husband David Birney — who co-starred on Bridget Loves Bernie and fathered her three children — beat her. “It was so sudden and unexpected, I couldn’t tell you which hand hit me, or even how hard. I do recall thinking, ‘I’d better not get up because he’s going to hit me again.'” Their 15-year marriage ended in 1989 (some twenty years before she would come out), and it took her a year to become sober — she had turned to booze, she says, to deal with the abuse.
Which sounds horrible. Really! Horrible.
But Meredith is the same person who said she chose not to come out during significant events, like the Prop 8 battle, because that would seem “opportunistic.” Revealing your abusive ex-husband to sell copies of your new book, I suppose, is not.