A resurfaced court document detailing a 1981 Family Court deposition sent to Big League Politics reveals Senator Tom Carper admitted to slapping his ex-wife in the face to the point where her eye bruised and swelled.
After weeks of rumors and speculation on social media, a Family Court deposition document reveals Tom Carper, a Democratic senator from Delaware, admitted to slapping his then wife to the point where it “caused some discoloration” of her eye and swelling. The incident occurred in in either the late 1970s or the early 1980s between Carper and his ex-wife, Diane Isaacs.
Carper expressed regret and attempted to downplay the incident in the deposition, saying at the time that “It wasn’t so bad,” because the couple “went to dinner at the Hotel Dupont” the next Wednesday. Carper also claimed the violence was not “the kind of the thing that was enduring or really all that significant.”
The document also reveals the couple underwent counseling in the previous year, and Carper said it “renewed some lines of communication between” him and his ex-wife.
Though this deposition was made in 1981, the couple remained married for two more years before divorcing. Carper and Isaacs were married for five years from 1978 until their divorce in 1983. Carper would eventually remarry in 1985.
Carper has held some form of elected office since 1977, and has held his current Senate seat since 2001.
Women Concerned Against Domestic Violence previously blasted Carper in early October over his vote against the confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, storming his office and launching a formal complaint citing claims that he abused his spouse.
Democrat @SenatorCarper has admitted to beating his wife. He must resign now!
— Ryan Fournier (@RyanAFournier) October 15, 2018
Carper denied these claims during a C-SPAN debate, calling the Women Concerned Against Domestic Violence “bonkers” for storming his office.
Carper defeated a progressive candidate for his party’s primary and now faces challenger Republican Sussex County Councilman Rob Arlett in the 2018 Midterm Election on November 6.
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