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Charles Ramsey: My past “helped me become the man I am”

In an interview with TMZ on Thursday, Charles Ramsey said he was not embarrassed by the Smoking Gun report on his previous domestic violence convictions, saying he learned from the incidents and has since "moved on and grown up."

On Monday, Ramsey responded to Amanda Berry's calls for help by breaking down the front door of kidnapping suspect Ariel Castro's home and calling the police. His willingness to act helped save three women's lives, and his frank, compassionate response to the horrific details of the case catapulted him to near-celebrity status. But the Wednesday revelation of his own history of domestic violence led many in the media to question his good-guy credentials.

But Ramsey said that he has since apologized to his ex-partner and tried to make amends for his abusive behavior: "I've made amends with the people involved and we've all moved on and grown up," he told TMZ.

Adding: "Those incidents helped me become the man I am today and are the reason why I try to help the community as much as I can... including those women."

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