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Brian Paddick’s life is an open book. Literally.

The former London copper and current mayoral hopeful recently penned an autobiography, Line of Fire, in which he spills all of his beans. The book won’t be released until later this month, but Londoners have been getting sneak peeks, including a look into Paddick’s tumultuous coming out experience, like leaving his fiance and shacking up with an abusive boyfriend, James Renolleau:

On one occasion he stormed out after an argument and I ran after him, calling for him to come back.

When I caught up with him he wheeled round, floored me with a punch and started kicking me while I lay in the gutter.

All I could do was curl up in a ball and try to protect my head with my arms while I waited for him to stop.

Paddick stayed with the Frenchman for five years, from 1995 to 2000, when the officer finally left him. There’s really no punchline for that one, huh?

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