Donald Trump's campaign CEO Stephen Bannon was charged with misdemeanor domestic violence, battery and dissuading a witness in January 1996, according to a police report uncovered by Politico.
Bannon's then-wife, whose name was left out of the story, claimed he grabbed her neck and wrist during a domestic dispute over their finances. A police officer reported red marks on both parts of her body. Bannon's wife had tried to call 911, but he allegedly grabbed the phone and smashed it to pieces.
First responders arrested Bannon on multiple charges in the altercation with his then-second wife, just seven months in to their marriage.
The Santa Monica, Calif., district attorney's office attempted to prosecute Bannon, but was unable to after its star witness, the ex-wife, failed to show up in court for the trial that August. The charges were dropped and in January 1997, the mother of his two twins, filed for divorce.
A spokesperson for Bannon, who until joining Trump's team earlier this month had served as chairman of conservative news outlet Breitbart, maintained the couple has a good relationship to date.
"The bottom line is he has a great relationship with the twins, he has a great relationship with the ex-wife, he still supports them," said Alexandra Preate, Bannon's spokeswoman.
Bannon was ordered to pay his ex-wife's legal fees related to the divorce, as well as child and spousal support. He was already paying spousal and child support for another previous wife and child from his first marriage.