Trump’s First Wife Once Swore Under Oath That He Raped Her
Donald Trump might want to stop bringing up Bill Clinton’s rape accusations.
Trump’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 the New Yorker, which details the allegations this week.
Author Harry Hurt is responsible for unearthing the allegations back in the 90s. When he got his hands on Ivana’s divorce deposition from 1990, he chose to share it in his 1993 unauthorized biography of Trump entitled, “Lost Tycoon: The Many Lives of Donald J. Trump.”
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 Hurt’s account, Trump was furious that a “scalp reduction” operation he’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 wife’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, “with menacing casualness, ‘Does it hurt?’ ” 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 Ivana’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 author 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 “raped” her, but added that she did not want those words to be interpreted in “a literal or criminal sense.” She also said, “As a woman, I felt violated.” 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,” so Hurt published it online instead.
The Daily Beast covered it last July, and Trump lawyer Michael Cohen allegedly threatened them.
“You write a story that has Mr. Trump’s name in it and the word ‘rape,’ and I’m going to mess your life up,” he allegedly said, “. . . for as long as you’re on this frickin’ planet.”
For what it’s worth, Ivana said the story was “without merit” last July, but the fact is she said it under oath and she hasn’t been charged with perjury, so…