Ex-wife calls Texas judge in beating video addict

 In this March 17, 2005, photo Hillary Adams,  the daughter of Aransas County Court-at-Law Judge William Adams,  practices the piano at her home in Ro

Videotaped Beating Texas

In this March 17, 2005, photo Hillary Adams, the daughter of Aransas County Court-at-Law Judge William Adams, practices the piano at her home in Ro

 This undated image provided by the Aransas County, Texas Court-at-Law webpage shows Aransas County Judge William Adams. The Court-at-Law Judge told C

Videotaped Beating Texas

This undated image provided by the Aransas County, Texas Court-at-Law webpage shows Aransas County Judge William Adams. The Court-at-Law Judge told C

 In this March 17, 2005, photo Hillary Adams,  the daughter of Aransas County Court-at-Law Judge William Adams,  practices the piano at her home in Ro

Videotaped Beating Texas

In this March 17, 2005, photo Hillary Adams, the daughter of Aransas County Court-at-Law Judge William Adams, practices the piano at her home in Ro

 In this Nov. 13, 2003, photo William Adams, Judge of the County Court At Law, listens to a prosecutor during a trial at the Aransas County Court Hous

Videotaped Beating Texas

In this Nov. 13, 2003, photo William Adams, Judge of the County Court At Law, listens to a prosecutor during a trial at the Aransas County Court Hous

  In this March 17, 2005, photo Hillary Adams,  the daughter of Aransas County Court-at-Law Judge William Adams,  practices the piano at her home in R

Videotaped Beating Texas

In this March 17, 2005, photo Hillary Adams, the daughter of Aransas County Court-at-Law Judge William Adams, practices the piano at her home in R

 Hillary Adams, daughter of Aransas County Court-at-Law Judge William Adams, talks outside her mother's home in Portland, Texas Wednesday, Nov. 2, 201

Videotaped Beating

Hillary Adams, daughter of Aransas County Court-at-Law Judge William Adams, talks outside her mother's home in Portland, Texas Wednesday, Nov. 2, 201

The ex-wife of a Texas judge who was captured on video brutally beating his teenage daughter blames the regular attacks on an addiction and says he brainwashed her into compliance.
In a Thursday interview on NBC's "Today" show, Hallie Adams called Aransas County Court-at-Law Judge William Adams' addiction a "family secret," but did not elaborate. Their 22-year marriage ended in 2007.
In the 8-minute video that their then-16-year-old daughter Hillary secretly videoed in 2004, the judge lashes the girl with a belt more than a dozen times. Hallie Adams, who is also seen spanking the teen, says her ex "completely brainwashed and controlled" her.
Police in Rockport, where the 51-year-old judge lives, are investigating whether any crime was committed.