In this March 7, 2012, file photo, NFL football player Chad Johnson, right, poses with his fiancee, Evelyn Lozada, at an event in New York. Johnson was arrested Saturday, Aug. 11, 2012, on a domestic violence charge, accused of head-butting Lozada during an argument in front of their home outside Miami. Johnson and Lozada, now married, were at dinner and she confronted him about a receipt she had found for a box of condoms, said Davie police Capt. Dale Engle. The argument got heated and continued on the drive home, he said. (AP Photo/Evan Agostini, File)
NEW YORK (AP) — Evelyn Lozada says Chad Johnson "needs help."
The reality star issued her first statement Tuesday since the football star's arrest for allegedly head-butting her. The altercation took place in the Miami area Saturday.
Lozada says she's "deeply disappointed" that her estranged husband hasn't taken responsibility for his actions. She says he made false accusations against her: Johnson told police she head-butted him.
Lozada says she hopes that by taking a stand, she will encourage other women to "break their silence" on the issue of domestic violence.
The two were married a little over a month ago and their nuptials were to be part of the VH1 reality show "Ev & Ocho" — but it's now been shelved.
Johnson was cut from the Miami Dolphins the day after his arrest.