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WashPost: Second WH Aide Quits Over Wife-Beating Allegation

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By    |   Friday, 09 February 2018 09:02 PM

White House speechwriter David Sorensen abruptly resigned Friday after his ex-wife accused him of repeatedly abusing her during a rocky 2½-year marriage, The Washington Post reported Friday night.

Sorenson's ex-wife, Jessica Corbett said Sorensen ran over her foot, stubbed out a cigarette on her hand, threw her into a wall, and "grasped her menacingly by her hair while they were alone on their boat."

The Post said Sorensen, who reportedly worked closely with senior policy adviser Stephen Miller, vehemently denied the allegations and accused Corbett of abusing him.

Sorensen's departure comes two days after top Trump adviser Rob Porter resigned over allegations he beat his two ex-wives.

The White House said it learned of the allegations against Sorensen on Thursday and confronted him. But The Post said Corbett told the paper she told the FBI about it last October, while officials were conducting a background check on her ex-husband.

The Post said it got a text message from Sorensen saying he quit because he "didn't want the White House to have to deal with this distraction . . . It should be able to focus on continuing President Trump's historic accomplishments for the American people."

Corbett reportedly gave The Post a picture of a scar on hand, which she said was from a cigarette burn and texts in which he used vulgar language. The Post said two of Corbett's friends corroborated some of her allegations.

She also showed the paper a message she had sent her mother shortly after he allegedly threw her into a wall. In the message, Corbett told her mom: "He's killing me."

Sorensen gave The Post a long statement in which he insisted he had "never committed violence of any kind against any woman in my entire life . . . In fact, I was the victim of repeated physical violence during our marriage, not her." He said he has spoken to a lawyer about ways to "address her defamation."

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White House speechwriter David Sorensen abruptly resigned Friday after his ex-wife accused him of repeatedly abusing her during a rocky 2 1/2-year marriage, The Washington Post reported.
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