Andrew Puzder, the fast-food executive and Donald Trump’s pick for secretary of Labor, was accused by his then-wife of domestic abuse during their divorce proceedings 1989. In court documents, Lisa Henning alleged Puzder abused her on at least three separate occasions, once punching her in a car, once throwing plates at her, and once throwing her to the floor when she tried to call 911.
Puzder has denied these claims, and said his ex-wife “impulsively filed for divorce and was counseled to file allegations that I regretted and subsequently withdrew over 30 years ago.” But according to Politico, Feinstein appeared anonymously on an episode of The Oprah Winfrey Show as a victim of domestic violence.
Two friends and a spokesperson for Puzder and Feinstein confirmed her appearance on the show, disguised by a wig and glasses and under the name Ann. She didn’t mention Puzder by name but reportedly repeated her allegations against him on air. Politico was unable to obtain a tape of the episode.
A spokesperson for the Trump transition team said the allegations are “part of a desperate smear campaign” against Trump and his nominees. Puzder’s Senate confirmation hearing was originally scheduled for January 17, but due to his many conflicts of interest as an international businessman (and likely due to the assumption he’ll face steep opposition from Democrats), it was pushed back to February.
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