A San Francisco tech entrepreneur has opened up about the shocking beatings he allegedly suffered at the hands of his ex-girlfriend in an effort to make the subject of domestic abuse against men less taboo.
Ben Way, 33, claims, in an article published online Tuesday, that he was punched in the jaw, bitten, scratched, stabbed in the foot with a stiletto and struck in the genitals during the attacks.
Some nights, he told MailOnline, he even ‘hid the knives’ in the apartment the couple shared for fear his partner would take things further.
The British-born dot com millionaire met his younger ex, who MailOnline is not identifying, after he moved to Silicon Valley from the UK three years ago.
The couple were inseparable for about a year, and Way says he is still madly in love the woman who allegedly abused him.
‘It was a very loving relationship most of the time, and that is what makes it so difficult,’ he told MailOnline.
But he says things started to fall apart a few months back and after he requested some space his girlfriend clung on even more and then ‘snapped.’
‘I was in bed, and despite begging you to let me sleep because I had work in the morning you would not stop shouting, moments later you had straddled me, your weight forced against my chest, the next thing I know you deliver three hard blows to my jaw,’ he writes in the first person piece posted on tech news website TWnow.com.
Way, a serial entrepreneur who started his first business aged 15, made $33 million by 17 and lost it all by 21 only to build his wealth again, intentionally doesn’t reveal whether he’s a man or a woman until half way down the article, so readers hear him out before offering judgement.
‘You would later pretend they were slaps, but the blue bruises on my jaw in the morning told a different story,’ Way continues.
He writes that while his ex promised it’d never happen again, ‘it did happen again and again, life was never the same after that for me.’
But the repeated abuse came to a head about a week ago, he says.
Way had temporarily moved out of their home because he ‘just could no longer live in a constantly aggressive environment’ but had moved back in as his partner was staying with her mother.
However, around 11:30p.m. one night, he says the woman stumbled back to the house allegedly drunk and screamed for him to let her in.
‘My heart got the better of me and I opened the door,’ Way writes in the piece. ‘When you started to get aggressive I told you I wanted to leave.’