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LEG­ENDARY TV star Tumisho Masha al­legedly bashed his wife Zoz­ib­ini af­ter she spread ru­mours that he was a drug junkie, a drunk­ard and an ir­re­spon­si­ble fa­ther.

Masha al­legedly kicked Zoz­ib­ini in the stom­ach, slapped her in the face, pulled her by her hair, hit her with an el­bow and called her a b***h in a series of do­mes­tic vi­o­lence episodes at their Dain­fern, Joburg, home.

Mzansi’s sought-af­ter voice over artist and MC also smashed his wife’s phone when she tried to call po­lice to come to her res­cue dur­ing one of their squab­bles.

Dur­ing an in­ter­view with Sun­day World yes­ter­day, Masha poured scorn on claims of mo­er­ing his wife, but con­firmed he broke her phone.

“Yes. I can con­firm we have been hav­ing trou­bles in our mar­riage,” Masha said. “But did I slap her? No. Did I kick her in the stom­ach? No. I didn’t do ei­ther of that. I’m not a woman or wife basher.”

Masha said their trou­bles started in April, when the cou­ple at­tended a party at a friend’s house in Joburg.

“While there, she told one of my close friends, who I have known for at least a decade, that I was a drug ad­dict, a drunk­ard and an ir­re­spon­si­ble fa­ther,” Masha said.

“Yes. I drink dur­ing so­cial gath­er­ings and, like any man, I would smoke to­bacco oc­ca­sion­ally. But I’m nei­ther a drug ad­dict nor an ir­re­spon­si­ble fa­ther. I was up­set. Why would my wife say those things to other peo­ple? But I didn’t con­front her then.”

Masha said an ar­gu­ment erupted be­tween them one day af­ter he had gone to a func­tion with their mu­tual friend.

“She was so ag­gres­sive, ac­cus­ing me of things. I then went into one of the bed­rooms, closed the door and stood be­hind it be­cause it does not have a key to lock it.”

About the in­ci­dent in which he broke her phone, he said: “I wanted to ad­dress these is­sues. So, I closed the door and told the nanny to go away. She started scream­ing for help, say­ing I wanted to kill her. She tried to call po­lice and I smashed her phone. But I apol­o­gised and promised to buy her a new one.”

Masha also had an ar­gu­ment with his wife about his moth­erin-law ’ s unan­nounced visit and stay in their mar­i­tal home.

“She would visit us with­out me know­ing and sleep in my bed in our bed­room when I left my house af­ter an ar­gu­ment with my wife,” Mash said.

“Fam­ily in­ter­fer­ence is the main cause of the prob­lems in my mar­riage. On the day she alleges that I slapped her thrice across the face, I ac­tu­ally wanted to talk to her about her mother’s stay in our house. I didn’t as­sault her. My wife is light-skinned. How come she went to work that day and no­body no­ticed any­thing? ”

Masha con­firmed his wife had ob­tained an in­terim pro­tec­tion or­der against him and said he would op­pose it in court. Zoz­ib­ini de­clined to com­ment. Her friend, privy to the cou­ple’s pri­vate life, said Masha once pulled his wife by the hair.

The friend, who asked not to be named to pro­tect her friend­ship, said Masha had al­legedly beat up his wife on many oc­ca­sions.

“She told us that in June, he dragged her by her hair and called her a stupid b***h,” the friend said.

An­other friend al­leged Masha, who plays busi­ness­man Hec­tor Thebe on e.tv soapie Scan­dal!, hit Zoz­ib­ini with an el­bow in an­other rhubarb.

“When she screamed, he pushed her onto the bed, held her face down and told her to stop scream­ing or else who­ever would come to her aid would find her not breath­ing,” the tip­ster said.

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