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Alex Scott's father hits back at her claims he 'bullied and abused' her

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Alex Scott’s father has hit back at her claims he bullied and abused her during a traumatic childhood, insisting he was strict – but not violent.

The BBC football pundit describes her father Tony Scott as a ‘controlling violent drunk’ who was ‘stupidly cruel’ and whom she and her brother frequently heard him beat their mother – with an incident so violent that she thought she was dead.

On one occasion she recalled how he beat them and made them throw away their toys insisting that life under him had traumatized her so much that to this day she was unable to hug her mother Carol or her brother Ronnie.

Alex, 37, was comforted by Holly Willoughby after breaking down in tears on ITV’s This Morning as she spoke about life under her father before he left his mother and left the family home in the east of London at the age of seven.

But speaking exclusively to MailOnline, Mr Scott, 63, vehemently denied the allegations and said he could not understand why Alex portrayed him in this way.

Tony Scott

Alex Scott

The BBC football pundit (right) describes his father Tony Scott (left) as a ‘controlling violent alcoholic’ who was ‘stupidly cruel’

He cried, “I don’t know why she’s saying all that. I was raised in a strict but loving Jamaican family and Alex should know what they are like. I taught him discipline, I did a lot to help him.

‘Maybe she is judging me by today’s standards, I don’t know. Parents were much tougher back then. But I’ve never been violent, that’s not me. I never beat Alex or anyone else in the family or did anything like that.

Appearing on This Morning, the former Lioness who played for Arsenal admitted discussing her traumatic past in interviews to promote her memoir ‘How (Not) to Be Strong’ was “the hardest part”.

She revealed that although she wrote about her harrowing formative years in the book, she claimed she didn’t say it out loud – and started crying when Phillip Schofield read a segment promoting her co-host Holly to rush over and give her a big hug.

Alex wrote: “When my dad was sober he was a lovely guy, but as soon as there was drinking that would change.” Me, my mother and my brother never talked about it.

When Schofield asked Alex if it was “hard to write,” she took a moment to regain her composure while filling with tears.

She said, bawling, ‘The hardest part is that I didn’t write this chapter to shame my father. I wanted my mother to be free.

On one occasion, Alex recalled how he beat them and made them throw away their toys insisting that life under him had traumatized her so much that to this day she was unable to hug her mother. Carol or her brother Ronnie (she is pictured with them in an old photo)

On one occasion, Alex recalled how he beat them and made them throw away their toys insisting that life under him had traumatized her so much that to this day she was unable to hug her mother. Carol or her brother Ronnie (she is pictured with them in an old photo)

Alex previously recalled:

Alex previously recalled: ‘What my mother would go through, the terror, the helplessness that you can’t do anything, you just live in fear’ (pictured in 2013)

Mr Scott, who as one of six siblings brought up in east London, insisted he only tried to instill a sense of discipline in Alex, which, according to him, helped her in her career.

He protested, “I’m old school Jamaican, that’s all. Alex’s representation of me is completely wrong. But that’s just one of those things.

He revealed that Alex messaged him two weeks ago saying she was about to embark on a series of media interviews to accompany the launch of her new memoir.

He added: “When Alex messaged me, she said things were going to come out but wrote that, ‘I will always love you, that’s who you are, I accept that.

“She said she wanted to meet me, but I couldn’t because I was abroad. I’ve seen the media coverage and I don’t understand why Alex said all these things about me.

Mr Scott insisted he wanted to ‘prove his case’ that he is not the violent, drunken man he is portrayed.

He added: “A lot has happened between me and Alex’s mum, it’s a long story.” I gather a lot of things that will prove my case.

During an interview last week with Steven Bartlett on The Diary of a CEO podcast, Alex said she hadn’t spoken to her father in person for five years after attending her grandmother’s funeral.

Alex, 37, was comforted by Holly Willoughby after breaking down in tears on ITV’s This Morning as she spoke about life under her father before he left his mother and left the family home in the east of London when she was seven.

She revealed her last contact with Mr Scott was two years later when she was on Strictly Come Dancing and she went to Blackpool week and he asked her for tickets .

But Mr Scott insisted: ‘I haven’t seen her for several years but have received messages from her during that time.’ It’s not true that there has been no contact between us since I contacted her about Strictly Come Dancing.

“Like I told you, she texted me two weeks ago and wanted to see me.”

In another interview, Alex said she and Ronnie were forced to throw away their toys by Mr Scott, who then beat them after they left a green space next to a tower block where they lived.

Mr Scott admitted: ‘Yes, I made them throw their toys away, but I didn’t beat them. I bought these toys with my money. The children behaved badly and it was their punishment. What’s wrong with that?’

In his memoir, Alex lifts the lid for the first time on his relationship with Kelly Smith, 43, who played alongside him for England and Arsenal.

During a television interview, she explained why she wrote about it, explaining that “parts of the relationship had affected her throughout her life” and that she had to “break the cycle”.

Mr Scott said: ‘I knew about Alex’s sexuality from the start, long before she was even with Kelly Smith. Everyone in the family knew.

During an interview last week with Steven Bartlett on The Diary of a CEO podcast, Alex said she hadn't spoken to her father in person for five years after attending her grandmother's funeral ( she was seen with her mother in 2019)

During an interview last week with Steven Bartlett on The Diary of a CEO podcast, Alex said she hadn’t spoken to her father in person for five years after attending her grandmother’s funeral ( she was seen with her mother in 2019)

Recalling Alex’s career, he said: ‘I have always been proud of her. I even went to games to see her play. I don’t even like football, but the only team I’ve ever supported is Arsenal women’s team.

Following the bad publicity he has received since Alex’s interviews and memoir, Mr Scott said he plans to meet with her to discuss what she said.

He added: “I’m going to talk to him, but it’s something I have to think about.” I have a lot of other things right now that are more important. In the end, what came out of me was just one of those things, but there’s more to this story and one day I want the full truth to come out.

For 15 years, Mr Scott has lived in the Lake District where he works as a guide for a travel agency which takes tourists from all over the world to the area.

He said: “Look at the reviews of me by people I’ve taken on tour. Does that strike you as a violent and horrible man? I live a nice peaceful life. I don’t miss London at all, and I wonder why Alex says all these things about me.

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