Trumpâ€™s First Wife Once Swore Under Oath That He Raped Her
Donald Trump might want to stop bringing up Bill Clintonâ€™s rape accusations.
Trumpâ€™s ex-wife Ivana once swore under oath that he raped her and ripped her hair out when they were married. She said this under oath in 1990 during their divorce trial.
This info has popped up in a few magazines and blogs over the course of Trump’s campaign, and the latest publication to revisit it is theÂ New Yorker, which details the allegations this week.
AuthorÂ Harry Hurt is responsible for unearthing the allegations back in the 90s.Â When heÂ got his hands on Ivana’s divorce deposition from 1990, he chose to share itÂ in his 1993 unauthorized biography of Trump entitled, â€œLost Tycoon: The Many Lives of Donald J. Trump.â€
From The New Yorker:
Hurt obtained a copy of her sworn divorce deposition, from 1990, in which she stated that, the previous year, her husband had raped her in a fit of rage. In Hurtâ€™s account, Trump was furious that a â€œscalp reductionâ€ operation heâ€™d undergone to eliminate a bald spot had been unexpectedly painful. Ivana had recommended the plastic surgeon. In retaliation, Hurt wrote, Trump yanked out a handful of his wifeâ€™s hair, and then forced himself on her sexually. Afterward, according to the book, she spent the night locked in a bedroom, crying; in the morning, Trump asked her, â€œwith menacing casualness, â€˜Does it hurt?â€™â€ˆâ€ Trump has denied both the rape allegation and the suggestion that he had a scalp-reduction procedure. Hurt said that the incident, which is detailed in Ivanaâ€™s deposition, was confirmed by two of her friends.
As you can guess, Trump’s lawyers were not happy about this information and pressured the authorÂ to include a statement from Ivana in the book’s leaflet. Hurt refused.
From The New Yorker:
In [the statement], [Ivana] confirmed that she had said in a deposition that her husband had â€œrapedâ€ her, but added that she did not want those words to be interpreted in â€œa literal or criminal sense.â€ She also said, â€œAs a woman, I felt violated.â€ Hurt said that he considers the note a non-denial denial, and believes that Ivana agreed to amend her words in order to secure the divorce settlement, in which she reportedly received fourteen million dollars in cash.
While Hurt’s book didn’t do well at the time, the book has received some attention for obvious reasons as of late. The publisher reportedly refused to re-issue the book because, according to their lawyers, it was “too dangerous to publish,” soÂ HurtÂ published it online instead.
TheÂ Daily Beast covered itÂ last July, and Trump lawyer Michael Cohen allegedly threatened them.
â€œYou write a story that has Mr. Trumpâ€™s name in it and the word â€˜rape,â€™ and Iâ€™m going to mess your life up,” he allegedly said, “.Â .Â .Â for as long as youâ€™re on this frickinâ€™ planet.”
For what it’s worth, Ivana said the story was “without merit” last July, butÂ the fact is she said it under oath and she hasn’t been charged with perjury, so…