PoliticsA timeline of Donald Trump's issues with rape and harassment
Following the revelation of Trump's alleged "violent assault" on his then wife, Ivana Trump, we searched the archives for prior incidents and statements.
Controversy erupted last month when mogul Donald Trump announced his candidacy for Republican presidential nominee, with a speech that called illegal Mexican immigrants "rapists." Following the speech, many companies, including Spanish-language TV network Univision, NBC and Macy's cut ties with the candidate. Today, his comment has taken on new meaning, as the political blog The Daily Beast published an article exposing a decades-old accusation from Ivana Trump, his former wife.
In a 1993 book Lost Tycoon and the Many Lives of Donald J. Trump, which drew from a deposition taken during her divorce from Trump, Ivana described a horrific scene with her ex-husband.
After a painful scalp reduction surgery to remove a bald spot, Donald Trump confronted his then-wife, who had previously used the same plastic surgeon. "Your fucking doctor has ruined me!” Trump cried. 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.’”
In response to this story, lawyer Michael Cohen, a special counsel for The Trump Organization
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.
This is false: in 1993 spousal rape was made illegal in all fifty states. This was not the first time Trump has been accused of inexcusable behavior towards women. And while the mogul seems to feel very strongly about rape, he has a long history of statements and actions that betray his misogyny and a thoroughly confused sense of ethics. Here is an abridged a timeline of those statements and incidents.
After the notorious murder of a white female jogger in New York's Central Park, Trump took out a full-page ad in New York newspapers calling for the execution of the "Central Park 5," the men who were suspected of raping the jogger. He wrote, "Criminals must be told that their CIVIL LIBERTIES END WHEN AN ATTACK ON OUR SAFETY BEGINS! BRING BACK THE DEATH PENALTY. BRING BACK OUR POLICE!” The men, all of whom were black, served between six and thirteen years in prison before evidence emerged in 2002 that their confessions had been coerced and DNA evidence pointed to another assailant. They were released.
That same year, Trump paid for the medical expenses of a seeming stranger, a woman who was raped and thrown off a roof in Crown Heights.
A New York Times article on Trump and Ivana's divorce cited "cruel and inhuman treatment by Mr. Trump" as the reason for granting their separation.
Trump suggested to prosecutors that Mike Tyson, who was charged with the rape of Desiree Washington, a competitor for Miss Black America pageant, be allowed to pay the victim "millions and millions" of dollars instead of facing jail time. He also suggested that Tyson could use proceeds of an upcoming fight to pay off the victim.
A book by former Miss USA contestant Carrie Prejean described Trump's requirement that contestants "parade" in front of him before he picked whether they would enter the pageant. “Many of the girls found this exercise humiliating,” Prejean wrote. “Some of the girls were sobbing backstage after [Trump] left, devastated to have failed even before the competition really began . . . even those of us who were among the chosen couldn’t feel very good about it — it was as though we had been stripped bare.”
Multiple tweets sent by Trump implied that the high incidence of sexual assault in the military was due to the integration of men and women in the organization.
26,000 unreported sexual assults in the military-only 238 convictions. What did these geniuses expect when they put men & women together?— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 7, 2013
The Generals and top military brass never wanted a mixer but were forced to do it by very dumb politicians who wanted to be politically C!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 7, 2013
Donald Trump fired former Cosby Show actress Keshia Knight Pulliam from The Apprentice after she refused to call Bill Cosby and ask for money for a challenge in the show.
Pulliam later defended Cosby, saying, "So I can't really speak to what transpired [between Cosby and his alleged victims], I can only speak to the man I know. And he was an amazing, philanthropic, inspirational guy who always treated me very well."