An emotional Michael Scott said Monday that he is eager to move on from what he said was the nightmare that began when he met Brandi Sadler.
Scott, a former Omaha TV anchorman, was acquitted of misdemeanor domestic violence Monday. The charge stemmed from an argument last November between Scott and Sadler, who had a yearlong relationship.
Sadler said Scott beat her, tried to strangle her and ripped off two of her false fingernails. Scott denied all the allegations, maintaining that Sadler, 38, is a heavy drinker, a drama queen and a liar.
“There are women who are legitimately beaten to death,” Scott said after the verdict. “To be thrown into that category is just devastating.”
Sadler said in a telephone interview that Scott and his attorney, James Martin Davis, unfairly portrayed her in court.
“I am sad that I had to be victimized again and called out for every wrongdoing” in the past, she said.
“I am still happy I had a chance to speak the truth. At least I had a chance to have a voice.”
She had testified that the couple's often-tumultuous relationship came to a violent end during the overnight hours of Nov. 2 and 3, when she said that Scott choked her, hit her and ripped off two of her false fingernails.
Sadler also had said Scott threatened to kill her.
Scott testified last week that he didn't put his hands around her neck and that Sadler's fingernails broke when she tried to stop him from leaving.
Davis said Sadler's accusations were lies, created because Scott planned to leave her after their fight.
Scott said Sadler had said she was an actress in Los Angeles whose friends included Brooke Shields, Meg Ryan and George Clooney. On the stand, she said that she had lied about knowing the celebrities.
After the verdict, Sadler said she was disappointed in the trial's outcome but happy that she was able to testify in court.
“Not every victim has the opportunity to speak to their abuser.”
She said she was grateful to the domestic-violence victims she met who offered encouragement.
Scott said Monday that he plans to start a new job next month as a customer service representative for First Data Corp.
He was a news anchor at KETV-Channel 7 before briefly working as a host on “Entertainment Tonight” in Los Angeles. He unsuccessfully ran for Congress in 1998.
“All a man has is his good name,” Scott said, “and my name has been trashed.”
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