Labor pick accused of domestic abuse
Trump’s choice to head the Labor Department, Andrew Puzder, is accused of domestic violence against an ex-wife.
The Riverfront Times, a small weekly newspaper and online publication based in St. Louis, MO, brought the matters back to the forefront on Thursday after Puzder’s nomination was announced. The allegations first became public during Puzder’s divorce in 1989 from his first wife, Lisa Henning.
According to the report, Henning’s divorce filings alleged that Puzder struck her, threw her on the floor and disconnected the phone to prevent her from calling police.
Her divorce filings also detail two additional alleged incidents of abuse between the late 1970s and 1985. During the 1970s incident, Henning claimed a neighbor called police to report an alleged fight that involved her then-husband throwing dishes at her. The 1985 incident allegedly involved Puzder punching Henning while they were driving the car home from a dinner.
Back in 1989 when the allegations first hit the local newspapers in St. Louis, Puzder denied all the claims of abuse and told reporters the allegations were “baseless.”