Donald Trump’s Lawyer On Rape Accusation: ‘You Can’t Rape Your Own Spouse’

Donald Trump’s ex-wife once accused him of raping her in a deposition she gave in the early ’90s. The full account of the incident was published in the 1993 book “Lost Tycoon: The Many Lives of Donald J. Trump” written by author Harry Hurt III. Mr. Trump’s lawyer, Michael Cohen, doesn’t like it one bit either. He went off on a nasty, threatening tirade of words in a phone conversation with The Daily Beast after he realized that his previous arguments to talk them out of writing the story proved unsuccessful.

The accusation of “rape” started with an argument that he and Ivana Trump got into after Donald had painful scalp reduction surgery to remove a bald spot. Mr. Trump confronted his wife (at the time) and yelled in frustration:

“Your f*cking doctor has ruined me!”

Afterwards, Ivana said, on the record legally, that Mr. Trump started to assault her “violently.” He held back her arms and began to pull out fistfuls of hair from her scalp, apparently mad at her for recommending that doctor. He then proceeded to tear off her clothes and unzipped his pants. Hurst recalls the most alarming event, in full detail in his book:

Then he jams his penis inside her for the first time in more than sixteen months. Ivana is terrified. It is a violent assault. According to versions she repeats to some of her closest confidantes, ‘he raped me.’

Shortly afterwards, Ivana ran upstairs, hid behind a locked door, and remained there “crying for the rest of night.” When she was in his presence again later on, Donald asked her with a “menacing casualness:” “Does it hurt?”

Before anyone questions the accuracy of the information, Harry Hurt III is an award-winning investigative journalist. He has written for The New York Times, Esquire, Fortune, Newsweek, Texas Monthly, Self, Playboy, and Sports Illustrated, in addition to appearing on television numerous times.

While it’s true the information is from the early ’90s; this doesn’t dismiss its truthfulness and is entirely relevant given that Mr. Trump is running for president. Also, the comments made by Trump’s lawyer are brand-new and deserve some attention on their own.

It must be noted that Mr. Trump’s lawyer does not deny any of this. He tried very calmly to divert the accusation of rape by saying “It’s not the word that you’re trying to make it into.” He then went on to elaborate and attempted to spin the issue by saying that Ivana Trump was talking about how “she felt raped emotionally. She was not referring to it as a criminal matter, and not in its literal sense though there are many literal senses to the word.”

Then, Trump’s lawyer dropped a bomb:

“You cannot rape your spouse. There’s very clear case law.”

How do we put this lightly? He is plain wrong, generally speaking. All 50 states have laws on the books giving married women the same protections as that of other victims. Some states have exemptions from prosecution if a use of force is not used when a wife is left in a “vulnerable situation” i.e. being physically or mentally unable to consent. But, those are rare exceptions and certainly wouldn’t apply to Mr. Cohen’s statement broad statement as if to imply that raping your wife was legal. Also, and most notably, New York struck down the widely unpopular marital rape exception law in 1984. It no longer applies.

Ivana Trump did come out later and try to play damage control outside of court proceedings by saying that while she did feel raped, she didn’t mean it in the “criminal sense.” It’s not clear why she tried to change her terminology later on, but Mr. Trump’s image and hush money might have played a factor.

Later on in the conversation, Trump’s lawyer starts issuing threats:

“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. 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?”

He then continued in classic Trump-fashion, that would make even Trump himself blush.

“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.”

While many people will try to play off the old accusations made by Donald Trump’s wife as “irrelevant” or the “liberal media’s attempt” to further discredit him, because he is advancing in the polls so rapidly, one must stand back and think about the pure hypocrisy of it all. It’s okay for Donald Trump to get a pass for deeds that happened several years ago, but Obama still needs to show his birth certificate, right? In this case, it’s just more political fodder that lets us know Donald Trump is the slime bag that we already know him to be. It’s just one more reason Donald Trump in the White House would be one of the biggest mistakes this country has ever made, right next to the election of George W. Bush.

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