UPDATE: The full interview with Jodi Stachowski is live. Watch it above.
EARLIER: Jodi Stachowski is speaking out against her former fiancé. In an interview on Nancy Grace airing Wednesday night, Steven Avery’s ex explains why she believes his claims of wrongful imprisonment are false.
“It’s been 10 years. Why are you talking to me?” producer Natisha Lance asks in a preview from HLN. “What do you want people to know?”
“The truth,” Stachowski says. “What a monster he is, that he’s not innocent.”
Stachowski alleges that Avery was regularly physically abusive over the course of their two-year relationship. “He’d beat me all the time, punch me, throw me against the wall,” Stachowski says. “I tried to leave, he smashed the windshield out of my car, so I couldn’t leave him.”
As for the petitions to free Avery? That’s what prompted Stachowski to talk now, according to Lance in a preview at HLN. Stachowski added she believes the documentary is filled with lies, and that the Netflix show’s filmmakers approached her for a follow-up interview, which she declined. She said she asked filmmakers to remove her from the docu-series, alleging that Avery had threatened her, telling her to say positive things about him or risk further abuse. The show featured shots of the couple walking together and holding hands. “It was all an act. He told me how to act,” Stachowski says. “He said, ‘Smile, be happy.’ I didn’t know what to do. I didn’t want to get hurt.”
Stachowski and Avery were engaged when he was arrested on suspicion for the murder of Teresa Halbach. The couple broke up before Avery’s 2007 conviction.
Avery’s nephew, Brendan Dassey, was also convicted for Halbach’s death; however, Stachowski believes his innocence, theorizing Avery threatened Dassey into complying.
Watch the full interview above.