January 20, 2011 at 12:00 PM EST

Image Credit: Bob D’Amico/ABCAfter recent reports alleged that Brad Womack, star of ABC’s current season of The Bachelor, has a criminal record — including charges of forging a driver’s license in 1993, public intoxication, and passing a bad check — a rep for the show issued the following statement to EW from Womack:

I’m sure I wouldn’t be the first to admit that I had a couple of missteps when I was a teenager — some 20-odd years ago. Some of the claims have been blown out of proportion, but I took responsibility for my actions and took immediate measures to remedy the situation. It was just part of my growing pains back when I was still young and naïve — you learn from your experiences good and bad — and you move on. It ultimately builds character.

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