POLITICO: Trump mgr faced domestic violence charge
Steve Bannon was charged with misdemeanor domestic violence, battery and dissuading a witness in 1996, although the case was ultimately dismissed.
The Santa Monica, Calif., police report says that Bannon’s then-wife claimed he pulled at her neck and wrist during an altercation over their finances, and an officer reported witnessing red marks on her neck and wrist to bolster her account. Bannon also reportedly smashed the phone when she tried to call the police.
While the case ended when Bannon’s ex-wife did not appear in court, the incident presents a new problem for the Trump campaign following the hiring of the controversial Bannon. He went on leave from Breitbart News, where he is chairman, to take over the Trump campaign.
Bannon, through a spokeswoman, said he was never interviewed by the police about the incident. Bannon pleaded “not guilty” to the allegations and was represented by a local criminal defense attorney during the proceedings.
The couple — who had twin girls — were divorced shortly after the criminal charges were dropped in August 1996.