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Simon Barney is now speaking out following his Tuesday morning arrest for domestic violence against his estranged wife Tamra Barney.

In a statement released, via the OC Register, Simon, 46, denies any wrong doing and cites his refusal to allow his children to film for the 6th season of the Real Housewives of Orange County, as the sole reason Tamra decided to call the cops on him.  Simon also alleges Tamra is now trying to get sole custody of their three children together.

Simon’s statement is below -

“There are a lot of rumors and speculation about the events of September 20th.   I am confident and have faith that the truth will come out in the courts instead of the media. This incident was a setup by my ex-wife and she is already using it to make a claim for 100% custody of our children.  It stems primarily from me refusing permission for our children to be filmed on her reality show, ‘Real Housewives of Orange County.’

Recently my ex-wife and the production company have pressured me to allow the children to be filmed.  I have always refused because I don’t believe it is in our children’s best interest to be exploited in this way.  This has not set well with my ex-wife.  If she succeeds in obtaining 100% custody, she will then be able to give permission for the children to be filmed even though I object.

I have never been a danger to either my ex-wife or our children, as she has recently claimed. As so many people know, I love our children more than anything in the world. To me, it is tragic that any parent would go to such extreme measures as using custody to allow their children to be filmed on a reality program.  I pray for my ex wife and our children all the time.”

According to the OC Register, Simon answered “No” when asked if he threw a plastic dog leash at Tamra.  As we reported yesterday, Tamra is already working to get a restraining order against Simon.

TELL US – WHO DO YOU BELIEVE? SIMON OR TAMRA?

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