Josh Brolin addresses 2004 Diane Lane domestic abuse arrest

Josh Brolin finally spoke out in a new interview about being arrested in 2004 for domestic abuse after an alleged altercation with his then-wife, Diane Lane.

“God, I’ve never been so careful with my words. Ever. Maybe in all 50 years,” the Deadpool 2 actor, 50, told The New York Times in a profile published on Wednesday, June 20. “And there’s no reason for me to be other than there’s no explaining it. Do you know what I mean? The only person who can explain that would be Diane, and she’s chosen not to, so I’m O.K. with that.”

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Actress Diane Lane and boyfriend actor Josh Brolin pose as they arrive at the 9th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards held at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles March 9, 2003. REUTERS/Fred Prouser FSP/WS
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 29: Actors Diane Lane (L) and Josh Brolin arrive at The 18th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards broadcast on TNT/TBS at The Shrine Auditorium on January 29, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Mark Davis/WireImage) 22005_007_MD_0121.JPG
Diane Lane, nominated for best performance by an actress in a motion picture drama for her work in "Unfaithful," poses with actor Josh Brolin, as they arrive for the 60th annual Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills, California, January 19, 2003. REUTERS/Robert Galbraith JP/SV
Josh Brolin (L) kisses actress Diane Lane after finishing fifth in the ten-lap 27th Annual Toyota Pro/Celebrity Charity Race in Long Beach, California, April 12, 2003. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson LN
Actor Josh Brolin and actress Diane Lane pose at the 12th annual Hollywood Awards gala in Beverly Hills, California October 27, 2008. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni (UNITED STATES)
Actress Diane Lane and her husband actor Josh Brolin pose at the 14th Annual Hollywood Awards Gala in Beverly Hills, California October 25, 2010. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT)
Actress Diane Lane (L) and her husband, actor Josh Brolin arrive at the premiere of the motion picture comedy "The Wedding Date" in Los Angeles, California January 27, 2005. REUTERS/Jim Ruymen
Diane Lane and Josh Brolin attend the Men In Black 3 premiere at Ziegfeld Theater in New York City. ?? LAN (Photo by Lars Niki/Corbis via Getty Images)
Actors Josh Brolin and wife Diane Lane pose as they arrive for the premiere of the new film "The Guilt Trip" starring Barbra Streisand and Seth Rogen in Los Angeles in this December 11, 2012 file photo. Hollywood couple Diane Lane and Josh Brolin are divorcing after more than eight years, their representatives said on February 21, 2013. REUTERS/Fred Prouser/Files (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT)
Actor Josh Brolin (R) and actress Diane Lane talk on arrival at the 18th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards in Los Angeles, California January 29, 2012. Lane is nominated for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries. REUTERS/Mike Blake (UNITED STATES-Tags: - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT) (SAGAWARDS-ARRIVALS)
Actor Josh Brolin and wife, actress Diane Lane arrive at the 69th annual Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills, California January 15, 2012. REUTERS/Danny Moloshok (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT) (GOLDENGLOBES-ARRIVALS)
Cast member Diane Lane smiles next to her husband Josh Brolin at the premiere of "Fierce People" at the Pacific Design Center in Los Angeles August 29, 2007. The movie opens in the U.S. on September 14. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni (UNITED STATES)
LAGUNA BEACH, CA - OCTOBER 01: Actress Diane Lane and actor Josh Brolin arrive to the 4th annual Oceana SeaChange summer party at Villa di Songhi on October 1, 2011 in Laguna Beach, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
LAGUNA BEACH, CA - OCTOBER 01: Actress Diane Lane and actor Josh Brolin attend the 2011 Annual Oceana SeaChange Summer Party at Villa di Songi on October 1, 2011 in Laguna Beach, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
Actress Diane Lane and actor Josh Brolin attend the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences' 2nd annual Governors Awards at the Grand Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland Center on November 13, 2010 in Hollywood, California.
HOLLYWOOD - SEPTEMBER 30: Josh Brolin and Diane Lane attend the 'Secretariat' film premiere at the El Capitan Theatre on September 30, 2010 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jean Baptiste Lacroix/WireImage)
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HOLLYWOOD, CA - JUNE 17: Josh Brolin and Diane Lane arrive at the Los Angeles Screening of 'Jonah Hex' on June 17, 2010 at the Cinerama Dome/ArcLight Theater in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/FilmMagic)
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Brolin and the Unfaithful actress, 53, were married from 2004 to 2013. Four months into their marriage, she called the police and claimed that he had hit her in their Los Angeles home. He was arrested on a misdemeanor charge of domestic battery. She declined to press charges, and the case was ultimately dropped. A rep for the couple called the incident a “misunderstanding” in a statement released at the time, adding, “They are home together and are embarrassed the matter went this far.”

“I was more reactive, I was more, ‘People need to know the truth.’ Whatever I say is going to sound like compensation for a perpetrator,” the Oscar winner told the Times. “I’ve gotten to a place where all that matters is that I have control over my behavior, and at that time, it was a little more chaotic.”

Lane declined to comment on the newspaper’s profile.

Brolin went on to marry his former assistant Kathryn Boyd in 2016. They announced this May that they are expecting their first child together, a girl. He already shares son Trevor, 29, and daughter Eden, 24, with his first wife, Alice Adair, to whom he was married from 1988 to 1994.

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NEW YORK, NY - MAY 14: Actor Josh Brolin and Kathryn Boyd poses for a picture during the 'Deadpool 2' New York Screening at AMC Loews Lincoln Square on May 14, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Bennett Raglin/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 23: Josh Brolin, Kathryn Boyd arrives at the Premiere Of Disney And Marvel's 'Avengers: Infinity War' on April 23, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 28: Josh Brolin (L) and Kathryn Boyd attend City Year Los Angeles' Spring Break: Destination Education at Sony Studios on April 28, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Rachel Murray/Getty Images for City Year Los Angeles)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 17: Actor Josh Brolin and wife Kathryn Boyd attend the 'Only The Brave' New York Screening at iPic Theater on October 17, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by J. Kempin/Getty Images)
WESTWOOD, CA - OCTOBER 08: Actor Josh Brolin (L) and Kathryn Boyd arrive at the Premiere Of Columbia Pictures' 'Only The Brave' at Regency Village Theatre on October 8, 2017 in Westwood, California. (Photo by Jeffrey Mayer/WireImage) *** Local caption *** Josh Brolin; Kathryn Boyd
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 22: Josh Brolin (L) and Kathryn Boyd arrive for the California Fires Foundation's 4th Annual Foundation Gala at Avalon Hollywood on March 22, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Gabriel Olsen/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 04: Actor Josh Brolin (R) and Kathryn Boyd attend the Centerpiece Gala Presentation and World Premiere of 'Inherent Vice' during the 52nd New York Film Festival at Alice Tully Hall on October 4, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)
BERLIN, GERMANY - FEBRUARY 11: Josh Brolin, Kathryn Boyd at the 'Hail, Caesar!' Premiere during the 66th Berlinale International Film Festival on February 11, 2016 in Berlin, Germany. PHOTOGRAPH BY John Rasimus / Barcroft Media UK Office, London. T +44 845 370 2233 W www.barcroftmedia.com USA Office, New York City. T +1 212 796 2458 W www.barcroftusa.com Indian Office, Delhi. T +91 11 4053 2429 W www.barcroftindia.com (Photo credit should read John Rasimus / Barcroft Media / Barcroft Media via Getty Images)
BERLIN, GERMANY - FEBRUARY 11: Josh Brolin, Kathryn Boyd at the 'Hail, Caesar!' Premiere during the 66th Berlinale International Film Festival on February 11, 2016 in Berlin, Germany. PHOTOGRAPH BY John Rasimus / Barcroft Media UK Office, London. T +44 845 370 2233 W www.barcroftmedia.com USA Office, New York City. T +1 212 796 2458 W www.barcroftusa.com Indian Office, Delhi. T +91 11 4053 2429 W www.barcroftindia.com (Photo credit should read John Rasimus / Barcroft Media / Barcroft Media via Getty Images)
WESTWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 01: Actor Josh Brolin (L) and Kathryn Boyd arrive at the Premiere Of Universal Pictures' 'Hail, Caesar!' at Regency Village Theatre on February 1, 2016 in Westwood, California. (Photo by Jeffrey Mayer/WireImage)
WESTWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 01: Actor Josh Brolin and Kathryn Boyd arrive at the premiere of Universal Pictures' 'Hail, Caesar!' at Regency Village Theatre on February 1, 2016 in Westwood, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)
WESTWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 01: Actor Josh Brolin and Kathryn Boyd arrive at the premiere of Universal Pictures' 'Hail, Caesar!' at Regency Village Theatre on February 1, 2016 in Westwood, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 15: Josh Brolin and Kathryn Boyd are seen at LAX on October 15, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Light Brigade/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 15: Kathryn Boyd and Josh Brolin are seen at LAX on October 15, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Light Brigade/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 11: Actor Josh Brolin (R) and Kathryn Boyd attend the 'Sicario' premiere during the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival at Princess of Wales Theatre on September 11, 2015 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Isaiah Trickey/FilmMagic)
VENICE, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 02: Kathryn Boyd and Josh Brolin seen during the opening night and premiere of 'Everest' at the 72nd Venice Film Festival on September 2, 2015 in Venice, Italy. PHOTOGRAPH BY John Rasimus / Barcroft Media (Photo credit should read John Rasimus / Barcroft Media via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 04: Josh Brolin and Kathryn Boyd are seen at LAX on September 04, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by GVK/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
VENICE, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 02: Kathryn Boyd and Josh Brolin attends the opening ceremony and premiere of 'Everest' during the 72nd Venice Film Festival on September 2, 2015 in Venice, Italy. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)
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