As Donald Trump gears up for an apparently completely legitimate presidential campaign, many of his old transgressions are being brought back into the public conversation. One of the most disturbing things people seem to have forgot is that Trump was once accused of raping his ex-wife Ivana during a bedroom dispute.
The rape accusation comes from a 1993 biography on Trump by Harry Hurt III entitled The Lost Tycoon. Hurt quotes from official transcripts of the couple’s divorce proceedings, according to the Daily Beast.
After a painful scalp reduction surgery to remove a bald spot, Donald Trump confronted his then-wife, who had previously used the same plastic surgeon.
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.’”
Following the incident, Ivana ran upstairs, hid behind a locked door, and remained there “crying for the rest of night.” When she returned to the master bedroom in the morning, he was there.
“As she looks in horror at the ripped-out hair scattered all over the bed, he glares at her and asks with menacing casualness: ‘Does it hurt?’” Hurt writes.
The biography was unauthorized and both Ivana and Trump’s lawyers later claimed that she didn’t mean literal rape, but a more generic term for emotional hardships. After that, it seems everyone simply forgot about the incident.
When the Daily Beast asked Trump’s lawyers about the incident for a new article, they received an answer so mind-blowingly offensive that this writer actually facepalmed when he read it. Honestly.
Michael Cohen, special counsel at The Trump Organization, defended his boss, saying, “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.”
Of course, that is completely false. Laws across the country make it very clear that you can rape your spouse, something that unfortunately happens all the time. We don’t know if Trump is guilty of it or not, but for a lawyer — and probably an expensive one — to be so blatently wrong about something like that is just unbelievable.
The Daily Beast also claims the reporter responsible for the story then received a string of threats from Cohen after it became clear that the story wasn’t going to show Trump in a glowing light.
“I will make sure that you and I meet one day while we’re in the courthouse. And I will take you for every penny you still don’t have. And I will come after your Daily Beast and everybody else that you possibly know,” Cohen said. “So I’m warning you, tread very f**king lightly, because what I’m going to do to you is going to be f**king disgusting. You understand me?”
“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 added.
Donald Trump may or may not be a rapist, although we should point out that he has never been investigated, charged, or convicted of a crime as a result of this incident. But his lawyer is incredibly dumb for a guy who paid all that money to go to law school.