Marriage a 'shared failure'

Tie Domi spoke out about his divorce on Thursday, saying he wants to protect his kids

Tie Domi spoke out about his divorce on Thursday, saying he wants to protect his kids "from the painful process." (Toronto Sun File/Fred Thornhill)

SAM PAZZANO -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 8:47 AM ET

Former Maple Leaf enforcer Tie Domi yesterday broke his public silence about his atom-bombed marriage and said he wanted to shield his three kids "from the painful process."

In a prepared statement, Domi said he wanted to knock out allegations that he had ever posed a threat to his estranged wife, Leanne, or had ever refused to support his family.

Domi said his marriage "came to an end" after several challenging years and, while he accepted responsibility for his actions, it was undisputably a "shared failure."

Leanne Domi has claimed in divorce papers that Domi is a bully and a cheater who threatened to cut her off financially if she hired a lawyer.

Domi, 36, is alleged to be involved in an affair with Liberal MP Belinda Stronach, the daughter of Magna owner and multi-millionaire Frank Stronach.

She also claims that her allegedly philandering husband had an affair with actress Tia Carrere in 1999.

Leanne Domi said Tie ducked his family to cavort with his latest mistress at glamorous events.

Allegations in the divorce document haven't been tested in court. Domi has yet to file a response.

In his statement, Domi said his marriage to Leanne crumbled despite "hard work" by both of them.

Domi said his desire to protect his three kids -- Carlin, Max and Avery -- and to continue supporting his family motivated him to arrive at a consent agreement with Leanne.

But he disagreed sharply that a "restraining order" had been imposed.

Media reports that such an order had been imposed "falsely imply that a threat was posed at some point ... This is not, and has never been, the case," Domi stated.

Domi said he muzzled himself until yesterday to stem the tide of publicity and "spare our children any added spectacle".

But he said his wife's charges force him to speak out.

"At all times, my highest priority has been to minimize the pain of this ordeal for Carlin, Max and Avery. Leanne and I will no longer be married, but we will remain parents for the rest of our lives," Domi said.

"Like any dad, I love our children enormously. I want them to grow up enjoying a healthy and strong relationship with both their mother and father."

Domi said he consented to a temporary settlement -- in which he will pay the family bills -- "to clear the way for progress."

"I have instructed my lawyers to work tirelessly to secure a final divorce settlement that provides generously for Leanne and our children." he wrote.

"I am absolutely committed to meeting my responsibilities, including my financial responsibilities, to my family." Domi said he has been "forthright and frank" in disclosing information on his financial situation.


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