NZ singer apologises after family violence allegations

A chart-topping New Zealand R&B singer has apologised after allegations of family violence.

Joshua "J" Williams' former partner Larissa Brown told the Herald on Sunday her ordeal of domestic abuse with him had been "horrible".

"The whole experience for me has been devastating. It's a shock to close family, friends and mutual friends."

The couple broke up two months ago shortly before the birth of their son.

Williams had asked to be dropped as the ambassador for Auckland Mayor Len brown's "first XV" of public figures for the Rugby World Cup and apologised for his actions, 3News reported tonight.

"I acknowledge that the story of my behaviour will disappoint many people and for that I am deeply sorry," Williams said in a statement.

"I truly regret the mistakes I have made, especially the hurt I have caused Larissa. I know I have let many people down through my bad behaviour."

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