Will Oprah Video of Battered Ex-Wife Sink Trump's Labor Secretary Nominee?

Andrew Puzder speaking at the 2016 FreedomFest at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas, Nevada.
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Labor Secretary nominee Andrew Pudzer beat his wife and “vowed revenge” when she left and went public with charges of abuse, according to a tape viewed yesterday by senators who will vote on Pudzer’s confirmation on Thursday

With four Republican Senators refusing to commit to voting for Pudzer, the former chief executive of the Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s fast food chains, Pudzer’s confirmation is in doubt. 

Linda Fierstein made the allegations about her ex-husband in a May 1988 court filing and a March 1990 episode of the Oprah Winfrey show given to the Senate Heath, Education and Pensions (HELP) Committee, a copy of which was obtained by Politico.

Watch the video here.

Fierstein later withdrew the allegations as part of an agreement to gain custody of her children. In an email to Pudzer in November, she said he was “not abusive.” In a January letter to the Senate Committee, she said she regretted her TV appearance.

At the time, Fierstein, who went by the name Lisa Henning, told a different story. In the 1988 court filing, Fierstein said that Pudzer “assaulted and battered [the] Plaintiff by strikng her violently about the face, chest, back, shoulder and neck, without provocation or cause.”

“Most men who are in positions like that don’t leave marks,” Fierstein told…

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