The outgoing director of the anti-violence group Ceasefire appeared in court Tuesday on domestic battery charges.
Tio Hardiman is accused of punching and kicking his wife during an argument in their Hillside home last week.
Attorneys for Tio Hardiman’s wife say he beat her “like an animal” and he did so while she was in a vulnerable state. She has suffered from a heart attack and two strokes, including one this past month.
Haridman says he loves his wife and he would never hurt her. He also feel’s “shipwrecked” and “abandoned” by Ceasefire. The anti-violence group announced Monday it would not be renewing his contract.
On the day after he lost his job Hardiman appeared in court in Maywood on charges of domestic battery.
His wife, Allison, was granted an order of protection against her husband of seven years.
Hardiman cannot go near their Hillside home, except to collect his clothes. He will be staying at a building she owns in Maywood.
When asked the severity of his wife’s medical conditions, Hardiman says he has not seen her medical records.
Mrs. Hardiman was in court, wearing a green suit and black high heels. She did not speak to the media or to her husband.
Tio Hardiman says the abuse never happened and that his wife’s relatives are banding together to conspire against him. He says the truth will come out during future court dates.
“A lot of people are benefiting off my high-profile status,” said Tio Hardiman. “I think that my wife’s lawyer is a sinister individual because he’s trying to pump hatred into my wife and knows that I love her.”
His next court appearance is July, 2.