Faisal Khan, from Sydney, Australia, met wife Asmae on a Muslim dating service and was married for eight months before trouble began brewing in April.
Suspicious his Moroccan wife was using him to secure an Australian visa, Faisal turned to a lawyer.
But when Asmae got wind of his plan, Faisal said she feared she could be kicked out of the country and threatened him.
"Now see what I do to you," he claims she said.
After coming home to the couple's apartment one night in April, Faisal found the place trashed with Asmae waiting for him in the middle of the devastation.
He claims she said: "You think you are smart about me and you're talking to lawyers."
He alleges Asmae then stormed out of the flat and into a lift.
Hours later, police knocked on Faisal's door, arrested him and charged him for assault.
But a baffled Faisal vehemently denied any wrongdoing.
After spending $20,000 (£11,500) in legal fees and trawling through hundreds of hours of CCTV recordings, Faisal found the lift footage that would clear his name.
Video from inside the elevator allegedly shows Asmae run inside and wait until the doors close to begin punching herself in the face.
She allegeldy struck herself twice with her left fist, leaving bruises around the eye and cheek.
More footage shows her running from the apartment complex, reportedly to ask police for help.
She has since gone into hiding, according to Faisal, who is demanding she be sent back to Morocco.
"I am the victim now. I got used and abused over and over again emotionally, mentally, financially — you name it. I'm the victim. She did that so now it's her turn to face the consequences," he said.
Faisal is now trying to pay off his legal debts and has called for his former bride to be deported.
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