The ex-fiancée of California GOP gubernatorial candidate Larry Elder has filed a complaint with police alleging that he engaged in “several” domestic violence incidents against her, as he rises in several polls and appears to be closing in on Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom, who is facing a recall election next month.
The Hill reports that Alexandra Datig filed a formal complaint against the conservative talk radio host and author with the Los Angeles Police Department, apparently this week, but it’s unclear when. It’s also not clear why Datig waited until now to do so.
LAPD officials have confirmed that Datig filed a complaint, adding that officers are investigating the claims made, but would not provide any further details, the outlet reported.
In the complaint, a copy of which was provided to The Hill, Datig claims that Elder engaged in “several incidents of domestic violence” including at least one occasion where he allegedly brandished a firearm during an argument.
In addition, Elder has also been battling against reports that he has used disparaging language regarding women.
Datig went on to claim that she didn’t file any complaints earlier or while she was with Elder because she was scared, but suddenly, after hearing him deny her claim over the brandishing of a weapon, she’s no longer fearful.
“It’s time to draw the line,” Datig told Politico. “I am not the one who has to come clean about my life. He is.”
Her complaint also alleges that Elder forced her to accept an “open relationship” and to engage in “unwanted sexual activity.” It also says Elder “pushed” her one time and told her, “I don’t want you.” When she claims he brandished a gun, Datig said it was a moment in which she “feared for my life and feared he would kill me.”
“He was angry and exhibited hostility towards me in the form of silent scorn during our conversation,” Datig noted in her statement to the LAPD. “He proceeded to open the drawer and reached inside for his .45 caliber revolver.
“Making sure the firearm was in my view, he opened the cylindrical, rotating part of the revolver checking to make sure the gun was loaded with cartridges. He proceeded to close the cylinder, again, making sure the firearm was in my view and then proceeded to put the firearm back in the drawer,” the complaint says, according to The Hill.
“Elder’s act of extreme threatening behavior and hostility causes me great anxiety to this day and I feel compelled to report it, as he is currently publicly denying in the media this incident occurred,” Datig added. “Because of his denial, there is hostile threatening behavior towards me on social media.”
In response, Elder’s campaign pointed to an earlier statement the candidate and conservative pundit made about the gun allegation.
“I have never brandished a gun at anyone. I grew up in South Central; I know exactly how destructive this type of behavior is. It’s not me, and everyone who knows me knows it’s not me,” Elder said earlier this month.
“These are salacious allegations. People do not get into public life precisely because of this type of politics of personal destruction. I am not going to dignify this with a response—it’s beneath me,” he added.
Elder has also come under attack by the media in California, including the Los Angeles Times which published an op-ed last week claiming that Elder is “the black face of white supremacy.”
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