A woman who accused Texas basketball coach Chris Beard of domestic abuse is changing history and apologizing

The woman who accused University of Texas basketball coach Chris Beard of domestic abuse, which led to his indefinite suspension from school, has now withdrawn key elements of her story and says that Beard actually acted in self-defense.

Beard, a former national coach of the year, is in his second season as head coach at Texas. His team is currently ranked 7th in both the Coaches’ Poll and the Associated Press poll and should be fighting for a place in the Final Four earlier this season. All of that was derailed on December 12 when Beard was arrested on domestic violence charges after a woman – whose name was blacked out in the police reports – accused him of choking her until she almost passed out and biting her . The university immediately suspended Beard indefinitely pending an investigation.

Now Beard’s fiancee Randi Trew has come forward and says she is the woman who filed the police report against Beard. She also said in a statement from her attorney to the media that Beard never choked her when she initially turned herself in to police and that Beard acted in self-defense.

The statement said: “Chris and I are deeply saddened that we have drawn negative attention to our family, friends and the University of Texas, among other things. As Chris’ fiancee and biggest supporter, I apologize for the part I played in this unfortunate event. I realize my frustration at breaking his glasses sparked a physical fight between Chris and I.”

Trew’s testimony also alleges that when she responded, she told police that Beard did not strangle her. “Chris didn’t strangle me and that’s what I told law enforcement that night. Chris has stated that he acted in self-defense and I don’t dispute that. I don’t think Chris was trying to intentionally harm me in any way. It was never my intention to have him arrested or prosecuted. We appreciate everyone’s support and prayers at this difficult time.”

According to law enforcement, Trew initially called 911 and reported that Beard had strangled her from behind to the point where she couldn’t breathe for several seconds and also bitten her. Police noted at the time of the arrest that there were bite marks on Trew’s arm and abrasions on her face and legs. Trew’s report also included several other details not addressed in her updated statement, such as alleging that Beard knocked her glasses off her face.

Police also say that at the time of the arrest, Beard claimed Trew tried to hit him, saying, “I think she tried to hit my privates.”

A statement released by the University of Texas said: “We are reviewing Randi Trew’s testimony. This matter is the subject of an internal investigation and the university is not commenting on pending investigations.”

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Laura Coffey

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