Ivana Trump

Martin Pengelly “Ivana Trump, first wife of Donald Trump, dies aged 73” https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2022/jul/14/ivana-trump-dies-donald-trump-first-wife


A 1993 biography, Lost Tycoon: The Many Lives of Donald J Trump, contained details from a sworn divorce deposition in which Ivana Trump said her husband raped her.

Donald Trump denied the allegation. Ivana said she had not meant “rape” in “a literal or criminal sense” but also said: “As a woman, I felt violated.”

The story resurfaced when Trump ran for the presidency in 2015. Michael Cohen, his then lawyer and fixer, denied the story, telling the Daily Beast that Trump “never raped anybody” and claiming, inaccurately under New York state law, “you can’t rape your spouse”.

Cohen later apologised for that remark. He also threatened the Beast with legal action, which did not ensue.

Trump’s first marriage came to haunt his presidency in other ways. According to a 1990 interview with Vanity Fair, much-discussed while Trump was in power, Ivana told her lawyer her husband kept a book of Adolf Hitler’s speeches by his bed.