Andrew Turnbull opened up about the incident, which painted him as a woman abuser.
Earlier this year, a video went viral which showed Turnbull allegedly assaulting his then girlfriend, Chere Gray.
Turnbull has since opened up about the incident, adding he lost his cool and grabbed her by the collar because she 'relapses' and went on a shopping spree with his credit card.
The alleged assaulter has since been given bail, but the Randburg Magistrate's Court did find out Turnbull has two prior convictions, TimesLIVE reported.
In 2000, sentenced and fined R1‚500 for speeding and two-years-ago, he was convicted on drug possession and fined R2k.
Briefly.co.za learned Gray's cousin filmed the ordeal, which was since shared on social media.
Turnbull's lawyer argued he did not lose his temper and hit Gray, but the excuse did not sit well with social media users.
Wendy-Ann Mc commented: "Gill So because he didn't hit her, he controlled his anger? And it makes it all better or more acceptable? How ignorant can some men still be?"
Chris Dorning added, "Thats no excuse"
Lavita van Rooyen wrote, "Men need help who are so weak as the only courage they can muster is when they to hit a woman,no matter the reason."
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