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Bannon Divorce Claims: 'He Did Not Like Jews'

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By    |   Saturday, 27 Aug 2016 09:44 AM

The ex-wife of Stephen Brannon, the former head of Breitbart News brought on as CEO of Donald Trump's campaign, accused him during divorce proceedings of trying to block her from sending their children to private schools where large numbers of Jewish students attended, claiming he did not like Jews, an accusation Bannon denies.

"He said that he doesn't like Jews and that he doesn't like the way they raise their kids to be 'whiny brats,' and that he didn't want the girls to go to school with Jews," his ex-wife, , claimed in the court filings from the couple's 2007 divorce proceedings and reviewed by BuzzFeed News.

However, Andrea Preate, Bannon's spokeswoman, told BuzzFeed that he "said he never said anything like that, and that he had "proudly" sent the daughters to the private Archer School for Girls for middle school and high school.

Piccard further claimed in the declaration that Bannon wanted their daughters in a "strict structured Catholic school" and had threatened the school that he would sue it if their daughters were accepted.

However, Piccard said that during a joint visit to Westland School and Willows Community School, also in Los Angeles, Bannon "asked the director why there were so many Chanukah books in the library. After we saw Willows he asked me if it bothered me that the school used to be a Temple. I said no and asked why he asked…he did not respond."

She also cited emails from March 31, 2007, when she told Bannon she did not know the percentage of Jewish girls at the Archer school, and that she told him she was not "raising the girls to be prejudiced against Jews or anyone else for that matter."

Bannon replied in the divorce proceedings, filed through Los Angeles County Superior Court in 2007, though, that his obligation to pay for private school expenses was conditional on "Being consulted and approving the private school," but that he was never consulted or given opportunity to participate in the decision.

"I do not support the children attending a secular school and I do not agree with the or approve the unilateral selection," Bannon said in his reply.

The accusations were made public after Trump's rival, Hillary Clinton last week accused Trump of "taking hate groups mainstream," including by adding Bannon to his campaign.

The court filings came out just after reports that Bannon was charged with misdemeanor domestic violence in 1996, according to a Santa Monica police report.

Those charges were dropped when Piccard did not appear in court, according to Politico.

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