*Darius McCrary is firing back against allegations that he hit his ex-wife Karrine Steffans after the former video vixen filed for a permanent restraining order against the actor.

As previously reported, Steffans — who divorced McCrary earlier this year — claims he choked her several times and even beat her with a belt in front of her 12-year-old son.

McCrary tells TMZ he never laid so much as a finger on his ex-wife, and insists her allegations that he beat her with a belt are all part of a divorce gone wrong … adding, it’s clear Steffans “didn’t take the finality of the divorce well and has resorted to her old tricks of public defamation.”

Darius adds that “in no way does he condone anyone resorting to violence against another human being to solve a problem.”

A hearing is set for next week.