Donald Trump has spent a lot of time accusing Mexican immigrants of being rapists as of late, but he might want to look in the mirror. His ex-wife Ivana has accused the billionaire presidential candidate of violating her sexually.
Not only does the current front-runner for the Republican presidential nomination have a history of controversial remarks about sexual assault, but as it turns out, his ex-wife Ivana Trump once used “rape” to describe an incident between them in 1989. She later said she felt “violated” by the experience.
Source: The Daily Beast
The quote was part of the early 90s divorce record for the Trumps. According to the book Lost Tycoon: The Many Lives of Donald J. Trump, Trump was angry about a plastic surgery procedure designed to shrink his scalp to cover a bald spot (insert jokes here). It was Ivana’s former surgeon and he blamed her. “Your fucking doctor has ruined me!” He said.
What followed was a “violent assault,” according to Lost Tycoon. Donald held back Ivana’s arms and began to pull out fistfuls of hair from her scalp, as if to mirror the pain he felt from his own operation. He tore off her clothes and unzipped his pants.
“Then he jams his penis inside her for the first time in more than sixteen months. Ivana is terrified…It is a violent assault,” Hurt writes. “According to versions she repeats to some of her closest confidantes, ‘he raped me.’
Trump denies the entire scene, including the operation. Michael Cohen, an attorney for Trump, said that it can’t be rape when it’s a spouse.
You’re talking about the front-runner for the GOP, presidential candidate, as well as private individual who never raped anybody. And, of course, understand that by the very definition, you can’t rape your spouse.”
“It is true,” Cohen added. “You cannot rape your spouse. And there’s very clear case law.
I hope Trump isn’t paying him very well because you absolutely can rape your spouse. Marital rape was made illegal in 1993. That may be before the incident was alleged to happen, but it is most certainly illegal now, although the way it is enforced in most states is often much different from non-marital rape.
Both Trump and Cohen apparently share a rhetorical style. Trump called the author of the book, “an unattractive guy who is a vindictive and jealous person.”
Cohen threatened The Daily Beast with lawsuits, saying, “you write a story that has Mr. Trump’s name in it, with the word ‘rape,’ and I’m going to mess your life up…for as long as you’re on this frickin’ planet…you’re going to have judgments against you, so much money, you’ll never know how to get out from underneath it.” He also called the reporter “an idiot” and The Daily Beast “a joke.”
Even if the accusation was true, as mentioned, it’s unlikely it was illegal at the time it happened, but still, Trump should hold off on the rape talk, although it’s doubtful he will.
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