Stephen K. Bannon, the new CEO of the Donald Trump campaign and head of Breitbart.com, the alt-right website, was charged with misdemeanor domestic violence, battery and dissuading a witness following an incident in early January 1996.
The Santa Monica, California, 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.
The couple — who had twin girls — were divorced shortly after the criminal charges were dropped in August 1996.
This was 20 years ago, and the charges were dropped because the wife didn’t show up for the trial. Still, he was arrested and charged.
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