The Daily Beast published an article tonight under the headline: "Ex-Wife: Donald Trump Made Me Feel 'Violated' During Sex." Writer Tim Mak and Brandy Zadrozny detailed a harrowing encounter between presidential candidate Donald Trump and his then-wife in 1989, which Ivana Trump later referred to as "rape" in a deposition for their divorce case.
The alleged assault also appears in the book Lost Tycoon: The Many Lives of Donald J. Trump, written by Harry Hurt III. In it, Hurt described a "violent assault" that took place after Donald had scalp reduction surgery from a plastic surgeon Ivana previously used. "Your fucking doctor has ruined me!" he allegedly yelled at Ivana.
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.’”
It's a horrific tale of spousal abuse that Donald flat-out denied the year Hurt's book was published ("It's obviously false," he said, according to Newsday), but even more concerning is the reaction that Mak and Zadrozny received from Donald's legal counsel while they reported this story.
Sprinkled throughout the Daily Beast article are threats and insults that Michael Cohen from the Trump Organization lobbed at the writers. He warned the writers that a lawsuit would follow if they printed an article about the rape allegations:
“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 fucking lightly, because what I’m going to do to you is going to be fucking 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.
Cohen disputed that Ivana meant "rape" in the "literal" sense—arguing instead that she meant that she felt "raped emotionally"—and called the writers "idiot[s]:"
“I think you should go ahead and you should write the story that you plan on writing. I think you should do it. Because I think you’re an idiot. And I think your paper’s a joke, and it’s going to be my absolute pleasure to serve you with a $500 million lawsuit, like I told [you] I did it to Univision,” Cohen continued.
As of this writing, it's not known Donald's lawyers have slapped Daily Beast with a lawsuit—and the presidential candidate has yet to address or respond to the story publicly. But one thing that's confusing is Ivana's testimony; Mak and Zadrozny reported that in 1993, Ivana backpedaled her earlier description of the assault in a statement, released through Donald's lawyers, that would eventually be printed inside of Hurt's book:
“During a deposition given by me in connection with my matrimonial case, I stated that my husband had raped me,” the Ivana Trump statement said. “[O]n 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 1990, the couple finalized their divorce, under the condition that Ivana not talk about their marriage without Donald's permission.
[via the Daily Beast]