Zac Stacy's ex blasts his claim that she 'staged' attack and says it's like being abused all over again
A FORMER NFL player accused of beating his ex-girlfriend told police she "staged" the domestic violence incident that was seen in a viral video.
Zac Stacy's ex-girlfriend Kristin Evans responded with a 30-second video sent to The Sun saying, "It's a terrifying reality that my abuser will never see his wrongdoing. It's a constant threat to my psyche and well-being."
Stacy, 30, was arrested on November 13 and charged with second-degree aggravated battery and third-degree criminal mischief, both felonies, and released on bond.
He was purportedly seen on Evans' security camera inside her Florida home on August 15 punching her and throwing her into a TV "like a rag doll," police said.
She shared pictures of her bruises and injuries on social media in the wake of the alleged attack.
The incident was captured on Evans' home security camera, and the video quickly went viral in mid-November.
After Stacy was arrested, he was heard telling police in video obtained by TMZ, “It’s just a case of just bitterness, man. That’s why she did this.
"The whole assault thing, she staged it. She set me up," Stacy told police. “The whole thing was staged. All she's trying to do is get money out of me. She got a reaction out of me.”
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Evans said in her response video that "it was disappointing" to hear Stacy's comments but "not surprising."
"Abusers often try to deny, deflect or justify their actions by placing blame on the victim and demoralizing them," Evans said. "This is just another form of abuse that survivors have to endure."
THE MENTAL SIDE OF THE STRUGGLE
Since the alleged attack, Evans told The Sun in a previous interview that she has been struggling with PTSD and fears her baby's behavior is different after the five-month-old witnessed the incident, including trouble sleeping.
The actual video forces Evans to relive to the horrible assault and triggers post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
The highly publicized nature of this case, which involves a graphic video and former NFL running back, catapulted Evans into the spotlight.
"But the strength I have is the amount of women and men who have reached out in support," Evans told The Sun.
She ended her response video saying, "This is why it's important to speak out. I say no more silence to domestic violence."
Before the video went viral, Stacy's aggression towards Evans escalated since August.
There were at least two domestic disturbance calls that police responded to since August that appeared to show how Stacy's aggression escalated towards his ex Kristin Evans, according to allegations in police reports exclusively obtained by The Sun.
The Sun – through Freedom of Information requests – revealed that there were at least two other incidents in August and September.
On August 16, Stacy and Evans fought over rent money that Stacy demanded Evans payback, according to the police report.
"When Stacy exited the house and throughout the course of being on scene, Stacy kept menacingly staring while she cried," the police report claimed.
On September 26, Evans called police again and reported that Stacy hit her with a stack of mail across her face while she held her baby, according to the police report.
There were no visible marks, according to the report, but "she has a ringing in her ear on the side she was struck."
By the time police arrived, Stacy was gone and Evans was found "emotionally distraught with tears in her eyes while holding her baby."
If you or someone you know is affected by any of the issues raised in this story, call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233 or chat at thehotline.org.
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