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A shocking recording of Brooks Ayers threatening to physically harm Real Housewives of Orange County star Vicki Gunvalson went public this week. Now, Brooks is addressing the controversy. 

In a taped recording of a conversation between himself and Vicki's son-in-law Ryan Culberson, Brooks refers to Vicki as a "f**king whore" and says he will "beat her ass" because "that's what we do in the South." Now, he has issued a statement of contrition to Radar Online.

"I want to sincerely apologize to everyone for my actions that have recently been made public," Brooks says. "For those who have been a victim of domestic abuse and/or been with someone who, at times, drinks too much, I know that the memories of those times are horrific."

"I was exposed at an early age to abuse and I can assure everyone that I do not, in any way and/or under any circumstance deem it okay to abuse anyone," he adds. "For the record, I have never abused anyone or had a domestic abuse issue."

It was unclear as to when the recording was made, so Brooks is setting the record straight. "The audio in question was recorded, without my knowledge, by Ryan Culberson after we had been out drinking in LA in February 2012, not earlier this year as previously stated," Brooks explains. "I made several very poor choices that night. As a man, father, businessman, and human being I would never condone, nor take lightly, drinking too much or encouraging/making comments about 'beating' a woman."

"For over a year, I have personally taken steps to alleviate making these mistakes ever again while understanding the brevity of my actions as well," he says, but we assume he means the "gravity" of his actions, not the brevity. "I have attended conferences where people are given the forum to share their personal struggles about being abused, both alcohol and physical."

It has been reported that Brooks will address this incident when he appears on the Reunion Part 3 next Monday.

Source: Radar Online