The 31-year-old reality star spoke to Us Weekly to clear the air, and offered up an explanation for her behavior on the Real Housewives of Atlanta reunion episode.
"I suffered severe bullying since I was a child," she says. "To the extent of contemplating suicide and was also physically and mentally abused in my marriage."
"Throughout the season on Real Housewives I was manipulated and bullied," she continues. "At the reunion taping when emotions were heightend, I was pushed too far with objects waved in my face and my personal space was continuously violated, and I reacted in a way which I am not proud of."
The altercation happened in March on the Real Housewives reunion show, and began with a heated exchange of insults between Williams and Moore. When Moore waved props in her costar's face to emphasize her point, Williams snapped and dragged Moore by her hair across the floor. Williams was subsequently arrested and charged with simple battery.
"Violence is not the answer and I want to apologize to my fans, the viewers and other ladies for my behavior," Williams says. "For the thousands of supporters that have stuck by me I thank you immensely and encourage you to donate to shelters for abused women and support charities that stop bullying."
"As I mentioned on the show I am embarrassed of my reaction and the way that I handled the provocation," she adds. "I am dedicated to helping others learn appropriate ways to cope with bullies and abusers and from this experience I hope to continue on a path of personal and spiritual growth."