Andrew Puzder, nominee for labor secretary, was accused of abusing his wife during their divorce proceedings in the late 1980s.
The Riverfront Times covered the case in 1989, reporting:
In her divorce filing, [ex-wife Lisa Fierstein] alleged that Puzder hit her, threw her to the floor and unplugged the phone after she tried to call the police for her help. Puzder would later acknowledge in a deposition that he “grabbed her by the shoulders and pushed her back,” but said he did it to stop her from hurting herself.
The divorce filing also detailed two other incidents: One in the late ’70s in which the neighbors called the police after a shouting match turned into a plate-throwing fight, and one in which [Fierstein] alleged that Puzder punched her in 1985 while they were driving in a car. Questioned about the incident in a deposition for the divorce case, Puzder said that he had not punched his wife, but acknowledged driving onto the curb: “I think it had to do with the liquid refreshment we had with our dinner more than anything else.”
However, they say that a spokesman for Puzder recently provided the newspaper with an email from Fierstein to Puzder which walks back the claim. She claims her lawyer advised her to file a claim for abuse, but now calls it “a heated argument.” The Trump team, naturally, called this a politically-motivated attack.
Yet, Fierstein made an appearance on The Oprah Winfrey Show, in which she appeared in disguise and with the false name “Ann,” and reportedly discussed her abuse. Harpo productions says they are unable to locate the tape, but did confirm the appearance.
Also Politico discovered court documents alleging abuse that predate the divorce. “Court documents indicate that Fierstein filed an abuse claim against Puzder before the divorce — within a couple of weeks of the alleged May 1986 domestic violence incident. Fierstein also sought a protective court order against Puzder, documents show,” they report. The case was settled and the documents have since been sealed.
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