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Bachelor Brad Womack says slap was not criminal battery

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She slapped him in the face on national TV, and no...we're not talking about Amber Portwood.

ABC publicity stunt or true emotions being played out?

On last night's premiere of "The Re-Bachelor", Brad Womack took a hardy slap to the face by the first gal to greet him. Ouch!

The "Bi@ch slapper", Chantal O'Brien said she was delivering the violent message on behalf of all the scorned women in America. Many disagree...including several Cincinnatians.

Said Melanie B, "That was soooo totally obnoxious. I think she was put up to that by the show's producers."

Andrea K agrees, "I think it was all completely staged for ratings."

"Well, I'm no Brad fan but she doesn't speak for me. While the ending to his first run as 'The Bachelor' wasn't what anyone expected or hoped for, I give the guy credit for walking away when he wasn't truly feeling the love for either woman," said Maria M.

A glutton for punishment?

Although he likely would have preferred to NOT have been slapped, Brad told TMZ, "I think Chantal was trying to make a statement about my past behavior, and make a strong first impression, which she did."

He added, "I think what Chantal did was a light-hearted gesture which I took as such. I do not condone violence in any relationship, nor would I keep someone around who I felt truly wished to do me harm."

As he left the premiere party, Brad said that the slap was, "very real and very hard" but doesn't want Chantal prosecuted because he "deserved" it.

Wow...another reality star has taken a lashing in the media for her violence against her baby daddy. Is this any different?

Do tell: What do you think of the "Bachelor" slapping incident?

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