The CEO of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign was accused of committing domestic violence in court documents that have just surfaced. Stephen Bannon, who recently joined the Trump campaign from his post at the head of the white nationalist conservative news site, is the subject of the allegations.
Stephen K. Bannon, the new CEO of the Trump campaign, grabbed his then-wife Mary Louise Piccard “by the throat and arm,” and threatened “to take the girls and leave,” referring to their twin daughters, according to a declaration she filed in their divorce case, which began in the mid-90s.
“I took the phone to call the police and he grabbed the phone away from me throwing it across the room, and breaking it as he [was] screaming that I was a ‘crazy f—ing c–t!” according to the document.
The document also notes that police were called to Bannon’s home as a result of the incident and a report was taken, as well as photos of the victim’s injuries.
In the document Piccard said she was threatened by Bannon that if the court case proceeded she would be cut off from money that would be used to support her children. Instead she left town and the trial was dismissed because she didn’t appear in court.
Bannon took over the website Breitbart.com after the death of the founder, conservative activist Andrew Breitbart. Since then the site has become a haven for the so-called “alt-right,” a segment of the conservative movement that supports white nationalism and opposes immigration.
The site has been a tireless supporter of Trump in the election, and he has fostered that support by giving a public voice to many of their racist and anti-immigrant positions.
Bannon’s takeover of the campaign preceded the ouster of previous campaign chairman Paul Manafort, a longtime conservative lobbyist with ties to elements connected to Russian strongman Vladimir Putin.
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