Recently, Ivana Trump’s accusation of sexual assault by her ex-husband and GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump has resurfaced. Mr. Trump continues to vehemently deny the accusation.
According to The Daily Beast, Ivana Trump originally used the term “rape” to describe a brutal encounter with her ex-husband but has since issued the following statement: “[On] one occasion during 1989, Mr. Trump and I had marital relations in which he behaved very differently toward me than he had during our marriage. As a woman, I felt violated, as the love and tenderness, which he normally exhibited towards me, was absent. I referred to this as a ‘rape,’ but I do not want my words to be interpreted in a literal or criminal sense.”
In his book, Lost Tycoon: The Many Lives of Donald J. Trump, Harry Hurt III also writes about an assault in which Trump forcibly penetrated his wife after “[pulling] out fistfuls of hair from her scalp.” The details may be a bit murky, but they certainly don’t shine a favorable light on Mr. Trump.
As if this story wasn’t repulsive enough, Michael Cohen, special counsel at The Trump Organization, recently defended Mr. Trump by confidently declaring, “You cannot rape your spouse. And there’s very clear case law.” There are many parts of this story that are just plain wrong, but Cohen’s declaration is absolutely not true. In New York, there used to be a so-called marital rape exemption to the law (sickening, I know), but it was struck down in 1984. So Mr. Cohen, do some research. And Mr. Trump, get a different lawyer and/or just please go away…
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