When Williams met her second husband, she’d already survived an abusive marriage and homelessness. What she found in her second husband seemed like a contrast to that life. He was good with her two children, one of whom was a basketball prodigy who would become the focus of the Scarred documentary. Williams and her second husband married. Eventually, they had three children of their own.
But Williams’ happy ending was not with her second husband. Occasionally, he physically abused her. On July 4, 2008, he stabbed her and then Deejay in the face.
Williams called the police but, like many other victims of domestic violence, she protected her then-husband. She claimed he’d only hit her the one time. The violence, she said, had never happened before.
Williams’ husband was incarcerated, and Williams and her son were put under an order of protection, meaning their abuser could have no contact with either of them. Later, when the filmmaker came to Williams’ house to shoot the documentary, he set down his camera, looked directly at Williams and asked her, “Are you ready to tell the truth?”
“I knew what he was talking about,” Williams says. “And I said, ‘Yep. [My ex-husband] abused me for 10 years.’”