Donald Trump has a history of making controversial remarks about sexual assault, but now one of his lawyers has put his foot in it, too.
Michael Cohen, special counsel at The Trump Organisation, was contacted for comment by The Daily Beast, who were looking into comments made by Trump’s ex-wife Ivana while they were married.
She had used the word ‘rape’ to describe an incident between the pair and had said she felt ‘violated’ during sex.
She did add that she did not want her words "to be interpreted in a literal or criminal sense". Trump has consistently denied the allegations.
After admitting he hadn’t actually read the full deposition, Cohen's statement did little to settle the matter.
“You’re talking about the front-runner for the GOP, presidential candidate, as well as private individual who never raped anybody. And, of course, understand that by the very definition, you can’t rape your spouse.
Donald Trump's most controversial quotes
Donald Trump's most controversial quotes
1/14 On Isis:
"Some of the candidates, they went in and didn’t know the air conditioner didn’t work and sweated like dogs, and they didn’t know the room was too big because they didn’t have anybody there. How are they going to beat ISIS?"
2/14 On immigration:
"I will build a great wall — and nobody builds walls better than me, believe me —and I’ll build them very inexpensively. I will build a great, great wall on our southern border, and I will make Mexico pay for that wall. Mark my words."
3/14 On Free Trade:
"Free trade is terrible. Free trade can be wonderful if you have smart people. But we have stupid people."
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4/14 On Mexicans:
"When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best. They’re sending people that have lots of problems. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists."
5/14 On China:
"I just sold an apartment for $15 million to somebody from China. Am I supposed to dislike them?... I love China. The biggest bank in the world is from China. You know where their United States headquarters is located? In this building, in Trump Tower."
6/14 On work:
"If you're interested in 'balancing' work and pleasure, stop trying to balance them. Instead make your work more pleasurable."
7/14 On success:
"What separates the winners from the losers is how a person reacts to each new twist of fate."
8/14 On life:
"Everything in life is luck."
9/14 On ambition:
"You have to think anyway, so why not think big?"
10/14 On his opponents:
"Bush is totally in favour of Common Core. I don't see how he can possibly get the nomination. He's weak on immigration. He's in favour of Common Core. How the hell can you vote for this guy? You just can't do it."
11/14 On Obamacare:
"You have to be hit by a tractor, literally, a tractor, to use it, because the deductibles are so high. It's virtually useless. And remember the $5 billion web site?... I have so many web sites, I have them all over the place. I hire people, they do a web site. It costs me $3."
12/14 On Barack Obama:
"Obama is going to be out playing golf. He might be on one of my courses. I would invite him. I have the best courses in the world. I have one right next to the White House."
13/14 On himself:
"Love him or hate him, Trump is a man who is certain about what he wants and sets out to get it, no holds barred. Women find his power almost as much of a turn-on as his money."
14/14 On America:
"The American Dream is dead. But if I get elected president I will bring it back bigger and better and stronger than ever before and we will make America great again."
“It is true. You cannot rape your spouse. And there’s very clear case law.”
In New York, the marital rape exemption law was struck down in 1984.
The allegations from Trump’s ex-wife first appeared in the 1993 book Lost Tycoon: The Many Lives of Donald J Trump, written by former Texas Monthly and Newsweek reporter Harry Hurt III.
Trump has denied many of the allegations in the book, including one violent argument he had with his ex-wife following scalp-reduction surgery.
"It's incorrect and done by a guy without much talent... he is a guy that is an unattractive guy who is a vindictive and jealous person," he told Newsday at the time.Reuse content