The man whose ex-partner accused him of punching her in the face in a viral video this week, has admitted that he did use violence against her.
In an interview published today, Francis Usanga said: “I lost the head and basically pushed her straight in the face. I shoved her in the face. It was a real forceful shove in the face. I connected with her face.
"I didn’t use a fist. I didn’t use a fist to punch her you know, because if I think I used a fist to punch her, even though she was severely damaged, I think her face would have been…”
He then cuts off, before adding: “It was uncalled for, I don’t condone it.
“It was very hard. I pushed her really hard in the face. It was so quick that it would have been the strongest part of my hand, it was with an open hand.
“It was more of a push, a real hard push. It was pretty violent and there’s no excuse at all and I’m extremely sorry for that.”
Usanga added in the interview with the Sunday World newspaper: “No man should hit a woman. It was a situation where I was in the wrong”.
In the video uploaded this week to facebook and YouTube, Emma Murphy had a visible black eye, which she claimed was caused when her now-ex partner Usanga hit her. She describes finding out he had been cheating on her with a woman who is now pregnant.
When she went to confront him, she says he hit her in the face.
The powerful video has been viewed almost six million times, has attracted international attention and has generated thousands of likes and comments, with many praising Ms Murphy’s courage in coming forward.
Speaking to 98FM this week, Ms Murphy said that she has filed a report against Usanga to the Gardaí.
In the emotional interview, she also said she still has feelings for him but that she will never go back to him as filming the video gave her closure.
“At the moment I still have feelings for him and I still love him… when somebody hits you, you just don’t stop loving them,” she said.
She said she had posted the Facebook video to raise awareness of physical and mental abuse because she strongly believed no man should hit a woman. She said the other reason was to make certain that she would never go back to Usanga.
She said posting the video had nothing to do with revenge on her Usanga. "(I did this) for me...Enough was enough. Hitting a woman is wrong. Full stop," she said.
"The main reason to post the video was I would always have chased him (previously). I knew by posting that video that that was that. That was the nail in the coffin. By posting that video I knew there was no going back...That was it for us."
She said she had given him a number of chances in the past. Explaining why she took him back on those occasions, she said:"I felt weak...I loved him."
She has two young children with Usanga.
She said domestic abuse can be very complicated, and explained: "He was the love of my life (and) I still love him. When someone hits you, you don't just stop loving them...You don't just wake up one morning and have no feelings for him."
She said the worst aspect of the three-year relationship was that she lost confidence, friends and some family who did not want her to be with him after he told her her insecurities would eat her up. She described this as "mental torture".