CLEVELAND -- Matthew Fox described the last year as difficult for him and his family after being accused of assaulting a bus driver in Cleveland.

Fox was inCleveland shooting the movie "Alex Cross" when Heather Bormann, a party bus driver, accused the star of punching her in the chest and groin after a night out in The Flats last summer.

"I never hit a woman in my life. Never have, never will," said Fox during an appearance on the "Ellen Degeneres Show" Wednesday.

He went on to tell his side of the story.

"I was actually sucker punched in the face by a man and I retaliated against the man that sucker punched me in the face. A fight broke out and she was a woman that was in proximity to that.She decided she was going to write a different version of events that happened that night and extort money from me," said Fox.

No charges were ever filed against Fox and a civil case filed was later dismissed.