Meredith Baxter says David Birney used to hit her
"It was so sudden and unexpected, I couldn't tell you which hand hit me, or even how hard. I do recall thinking, 'I'd better not get up because he's going to hit me again,' " she writes in Untied, according to People. (For the record, he denies the allegation.) The 63-year-old says that she dealt with the abuse by turning to drinking. That would have been a very special episode of Family Ties, indeed.
Birney, now 71, and Baxter were married from 1974 to 1989, and had three kids together. We never heard of them discussing spousal abuse on Bridget Loves Bernie, though that may have been because that show ended in 1974 and we never saw it.