Video of Puzder’s Wife on ‘Oprah’ Discussing History of Alleged Abuse Surfaces
Andrew Puzder, President Donald Trump’s nominee for labor secretary, has not had the easiest path to confirmation, with numerous skeletons being dug up since his nomination. The one that has dogged him the most is the allegation of domestic abuse from his ex-wife, Lisa Fierstein. While she first made the accusations before filing for divorce (and recently recanted it), one report called the more recent claim into question: She had appeared anonymously as a domestic abuse survivor on “The Oprah Winfrey Show.”
After initially having trouble finding the tape, Winfrey’s OWN cable TV network sent a copy to the Senate this week, but would not provide it to the media. So Charlotte Fedders, who also appeared on that episode, sent her personal copy to Politico. You can watch the excerpted clips of Fierstein’s segments above.
Presumably because she was there anonymously, Fierstein did not give much in the way of details about her experiences, with the exception of a few brief moments. “I want to clarify the fact that we did not begin and start out with a lot of money,” she said. “I helped put him through school. We had worked together to create a life. In that sense, the money, you ask if it is difficult to give up these things. I wound up losing everything. Everything. I have nothing. He has a Porsche and a Mercedes-Benz. He has the home. He has everything. He was an attorney and he knew how to play the system.”
Fierstein also mentioned that her allegations had become major news in St. Louis the year prior . “[T]he most frightening thing was leaving, because one I made that break and once I made it public…” she said. “Remember my ex-husband was a public figure and everyone knew him and new what he was doing, and once I made that public, he vowed revenge. He said, ‘I will see you in the gutter. This will never be over. You will pay for this.’”
A representative for both Fierstein and Puzder has confirmed that she appeared on the show as “Ann” at the time of the initial report. In a letter to the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee sent a week after that report, Fierstein wrote that when Oprah producers contacted her, “I was hesitant but encouraged by friends and became caught up in the notion of a free trip to Chicago and being a champion of women and women’s issues.” But now? “I regret my decision to appear on that show.”
[image via Oprah screen grab]
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