Boston Police Commissioner's Ex-Wife Alleges Physical, Mental Abuse

The former wife of embattled Boston Police Commissioner Dennis White is speaking out for the first time. WBZ-TV's Beth Germano reports.

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ANARIDIS RODRIGUEZ: The ex-wife of the suspended Boston Police commissioner telling us that the abuse she experienced at his hands was real. Thank you for joining us. I'm an Anaridis Rodriguez.

PAULA EBBEN: And I'm Paula Ebben. Sybil Mason spoke with us as her former husband fought to keep his job. And today's hearing in front of the mayor could mark the end of months of turmoil. Dennis White was appointed commissioner on February 1, but suspended just two days later.

Acting Mayor Kim Janey announced she wanted to fire him on May 14. On the 25th, White lost his attempt in court to stop her. He says he did nothing wrong, and he is not an abuser. As WBZ's Beth Germano shows us, White's ex-wife tells a different story.

SYBIL MASON: You see that? Does that look innocent?

BETH GERMANO: What is that mark?

SYBIL MASON: That's from being dragged out the door.

BETH GERMANO: Dennis White's former wife, Sybil Mason, says she bears the scars of a turbulent marriage to the man trying to keep his job as head of the Boston Police Department, and she has an opinion about that.

SYBIL MASON: A lot of this stuff wasn't all physical. It was all mental. A lot of it was mental, as well, you know? So is he the perfect guy for Boston?

BETH GERMANO: Mason claims her accusations of infidelity by White led to heated arguments and abuse, allegations of domestic violence to which White claims he is innocent, calling his ex-wife the aggressor.

SYBIL MASON: You trying to act like you so innocent. You not innocent. You're not innocent at all. And all that stuff that happened to me, that happened to me.

BETH GERMANO: White's fate is now in the hands of Acting Mayor Kim Janey after a termination hearing today.

KIM JANEY: I will certainly make a decision after careful deliberation, having taken into account what happened at the hearing, as well as all of the information that has been presented.

BETH GERMANO: In a follow-up letter to the mayor, White defended himself again, saying, "I am a Black man who has been accused falsely of crimes, I have not yet been given a fair trial, and I'm on the brink of being convicted or terminated, which is the equivalent."

White was on the job only two days here back in February, when the allegations first surfaced, charges he says then-Mayor Walsh knew about, even submitting a video affidavit.

DENNIS WHITE: I mentioned that I had a restraining order put on me with false allegations that I tried to shoot somebody.

BETH GERMANO: For White, it's his last chance to make his case, and the mayor will only say she'll decide as soon as possible. In Boston, Beth Germano, WBZ News.