Donald Trump has responded to a hit piece from a liberal website that dredged up old rape allegations against him.
But his lawyers didn’t help his case much.
The Daily Beast reported Monday about an accusation made by Trump’s ex-wife Ivana Trump in which she said she “felt violated” during one sexual encounter in their marriage in 1989.
Despite the fact that she eventually walked back those comments and explained she didn’t mean it “in the criminal sense,” that didn’t stop the hit piece from being published.
Unfortunately for Trump, lawyer Michael Cohen really stepped in it responding to the allegations.
The Daily Beast reported.
Michael Cohen, special counsel at The Trump Organization, defended his boss, saying, “You’re talking about the frontrunner for the GOP, presidential candidate, as well as a 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.”
Cohen went on to explain of Ivana that “she felt raped emotionally…She was not referring to it [as] a criminal matter, and not in its literal sense, though there’s many literal senses to the word.”
But when that didn’t work he took it a step further and threatened the reporter writing the decades-old story.
“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***ing lightly, because what I’m going to do to you is going to be f***ing 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.
Trump and his team have since responded to the story and distanced the 2016 presidential front-runner from Cohen.
“This is an event that has been widely reported on in the past — it is old news and it never happened,” a representative for Trump told Business Insider. The accusation “is a standard lawyer technique, which was used to exploit more money from Mr. Trump especially since he had an ironclad prenuptial agreement.”
As for Cohen, ABC News producer John Santucci said on Twitter that the Trump campaign stated, “Nobody speaks for Mr. Trump, but Mr. Trump.”
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