A member of the White House staff is resigning after accusations of domestic abuse, although he strongly denies the claims made against him.
Rob Porter, the White House Staff Secretary, has been facing disturbing accusations from two ex-wives who say he was abusive with them. One, Colbie Holderness, posted a disturbing photo (shown below) in which she sports a black eye. She claims Porter punched her during a fight. She detailed to The Daily Mail a number of abusive incidents she says Porter carried out.
Porter denies the accusation by Holderness, and says the circumstances surrounding the photo “is nowhere close” to what he says happened. He claims he was the one who took the photo of his wife’s black eye but was not responsible for it.
His other ex-wife, Jennifer Willoughby, says Porter was verbally abusive.
Porter has become a more public figure after it was revealed that he was dating Hope Hicks, the White House Director of Communications.
A top White House aide is stepping down following allegations of domestic abuse by his two ex-wives.
Staff secretary Rob Porter says in a statement the allegations are “outrageous” and “simply false.” He says photos published were taken nearly 15 years ago and the “reality behind them is nowhere close to what is being described.” Porter adds that he has been transparent and truthful, but will leave the White House after a transition period.
Porter’s former spouses recounted physical, verbal and emotional abuse they say he subjected them to during their marriages.
Porter’s first wife, Colbie Holderness, told the DailyMail.com that Porter choked and punched her during their five-year marriage.
His second wife, Jennifer Willoughby, also described for the DailyMail.com how Porter lobbed expletives at her on their honeymoon.
Here is an image Holderness released of a black eye she claims Porter gave her.