Reality TV star David Gest has hit back at claims his ex-wife Liza Minnelli abused him, insisting he is "not a wimp". The 54-year-old, who filed a lawsuit in October 2003 claiming Minnelli regularly beat him, insists his time in the Australian jungle for U.K. reality show I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here! allowed him to prove his mettle. He says, "When you hear about a guy being beaten by a woman, people conclude he must be a wimp or something. "But when people saw me in the jungle they realised I'm not afraid to fight anybody. I'm not afraid of snakes."