Hi, this is unfortunate.
Unfortunately, the comments about past history not being held against you was not a contractual term they are obligated to abide by, unless you had it in writing and there was consideration for same, such as in a that severance contract. Promises without consideration, offer/accept, etc., are not binding, unfortunately.
This is one of the problems we do have when we apply to the former employer for a new position - they have our personnel files at their disposal. THis generally is NOT the case when we apply with a new company, as the old one will rarely open its mouth about negative prior write ups - due to fear of lawsuit/defamation, etc. However, internally, it is free to do so.
I wish it were different! Keep in mind to, that a different boss on a different internal position may not feel like those write-ups are a big deal, but it really up the hiring supervisor.
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