I have heard the following sentence in the TV series Marseille:
- Ces bâtards m'ont empêché de te voir, mais je me suis battu.
Context: Eric, a former friend of the journalist Julia got in love and obsessed with her. After she is almost killed following a lead, her father Taro decides to isolate her in a remote house, far from Marseille. Eric asks Taro where Julia is, but Taro refuses to tell him. Eric becomes more obsessed, follows Taro's car and tries to kidnap Julia. The line above is the first thing he says to her.
What "je me suis battu" mean here? The literal translation "I fought"/"I got into a fight" does not make much sense in English in this context. Have the speaker meant "I didn't give up" ?