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Guest Jan

I had heard the same thing about Bill Withers and his spousal abuse of Denise Nichols! I really didn’t know if this was really true but I hoped that it wasn’t true. But now since I am seeing more of a confirmation from other people that it is true two people in the world of entertainment of whom I have such admiration for, all I can do is wonder why is it necessary to be  physical abusive someone who you are supposed to love and cherish when you stood before God and witnesses not only made that promise but also broke that same promise??? Just my humble opinion.

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Guest Rah
On 2/5/2010 at 4:10 PM, careycarey said:

Actually, Bill Withers beating his wife is one of the FIRST things I think about when I think of his legacy. That doesn’t negate that he was a super talented artist, but most women I know who listen to him know of this abuse.

 

“I doubt a person would say "the abuse Denise" if you asked them to name 5 things associated with Bill Withers. Hell, I didn't know anything about it.”

 

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Guest Sunshine

 I doubt Bill would literally hit any woman ! I know  an abusive man when I see one. . A man is only human some women would say; if he nudge her to distance herself from him is abusive. Let he who is without sin cast the first stone. Look if you are a woman realize that you can push, shove and beat up on a male , and just because you are a woman you excuse yourself . Abuse is abuse . Hell ,maybe she pushed him ! Some women cannot handle a man of his caliber.  Honestly to please a man you got to bring more than good looks to the table.  A woman nor a man should be abusive either way its wrong but this man just do not fit an abusive profile. He did remarry , raised a family and is an accomplish, songwriter, musician and composer. I lived in an abusive relationship with a man. So, I would know and thank God that he is now blessed with a woman who gets him. Heart and Soul. 

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If I find out that you hit a woman, whether past or present, I'm no longer a fan.  I remember my mother telling me about Bill Wither's abusive nature while with Denise Nichols  and I didn't like him then.  Today,  it's confirmed via internet and I still don't like him.  His music was never all that special to me anyway.

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May Bill R.I.P.

 

The last guest's comments were most sensible.

 

Bill's life should not be defined by his relationship with Nichols nor be ignored for all the experiences make the man.

 

After skimming this conversation I realize how much I miss conversations like this. I almost forgot about @careycarey. @Xeon pops in every blue moon. @ABM and @Cynique are a couple of my favorite contributors to this forum.

 

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Guest A Reader

There's an article in Jet magazine Nov. 23, 1972.  Nicholas declined to comment on the incident (alleged beating) saying, "I'm not denying that it took place, but I don't want to talk about it."  There weren't any pictures of Nicholas with a black eye; just two separate pictures of Withers and Nicholas.

 

i tried copying and pasting the article here, but was unsuccessful.

 

Also the story was picked up by the Indianapolis Recorder, November 18, 1972

 

Room 222 star refuses to charge singing artist in alleged beating

 

DENISE NICHOLAS TUCSON, Ariz.—Actress Denise Nicholas, star of the television show, “Room 22,“ told police here last week that her ex-boyfriend, singer Bill Withers, beat her when she threatened to break up their relationship. However, the attractive star refused to press charges of alleged assault and battery against the popular singer, whose current hit, “Use Me,' Is riding atop the charts nationwide. Police reportedly answered a call to a Tuscon motel where the red-hair, green-eyed beauty is staying during the filming of her second motion picture. She reportedly told them that Withers had flown here after being informed of the breakup by her earlier on the telephone. Miss Nicholas has been In Tucson where she is filming “The Soul of Nigger Charley," with ex-pro football star turned actor, Fred Williamson. Withers had been performing In one-night concerts in Texas and was in Houston when he allegedly called Miss Nicholas. Miss Nicholas said Withers flew to Tucson Immediately and came to see her at her motel room. That was when the beating took place, she said. The pair have been linked romantically b y columnists throughout the country for sometime. However, Withers also has been linked to a relationship involving Nancy Wilson. The actress was reportedly not hurt and returned to work the following day. The attack allegedly took place Nov. 1. Withers, a 34 - year - old West Virginia, rose to national heights when he did his version of “Ain’t No Sunshine," first on a single, then on his first album. Miss Nicholas first movie was “Blacula,* In which she co-starred with William Marshall.

 

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Hey Guess A Reader. Jet Magazine's website has been down for sometime. Where did you find the article? Please post a link -- thanks!

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I didn't save the site in my favorites.  I took a screenshot of the magazine page, but for a reason unknown to me, I can't paste it here.  I'll go through my history and see if I can find the page and article.

 

 

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