Stephen Bannon and Andy Puzder, who hold prominent positions on President-elect Donald Trump’s team, have both been accused of domestic violence, The Independent reports.
In 1996 Bannon, Trump’s pick for White House strategist, was charged with domestic violence, battery, and attempting to dissuade a victim from reporting a crime. The case was dropped because the victim, Bannon’s wife, did not appear in court; she later said that Bannon had ordered her to leave town.
Puzder, recently nominated for labor secretary, was accused by his wife Lisa Henning of domestic battery in the 1980s. Puzder denied the allegations. In an email released to the Riverfront Times this past November, Hennings, who is no longer married to Puzder, said that her ex-husband was “not abusive.”
Despite the recantation, Puzder’s attitude towards women has been called into question since he was recruited to Trump’s team. News outlets have resurfaced a 2015 interview with Entrepreneur, in which Puzder, CEO of the Carl’s Jr. burger chain, defended the company’s practice of featuring scantily-clad women in its ads. “I like our ads. I like beautiful women eating burgers in bikinis,” he said. “I think it’s very American. I used to hear, brands take on the personality of the CEO. And I rarely thought that was true, but I think this one, in this case, it kind of did take on my personality.”
Of course, Trump himself has had numerous allegations of misogyny and sexual misconduct leveled at him. Over the past few decades, more than a dozen women have accused the president-elect of sexual assault. He dismissed his accusers as “sick,” and threatened to sue them.
Read the full story at The Independent.