Donald Trump's attorney has apologized for denying the existence of spousal rape while refuting past allegations against the 2016 Republican presidential race.
In a statement to CNN on Tuesday, Michael Cohen, who currently represents the Republican presidential candidate in his $500 million lawsuit against Univision, said he was sorry for an "inarticulate comment" made in a "moment of shock and anger."
"Rarely am I surprised by the press, but the gall of this particular reporter to make such a reprehensible and false allegation against Mr. Trump truly stunned me," Cohen said.
Cohen had unloaded on two Daily Beast reporters who had written about rape allegations made by Trump's ex-wife Ivana during a court deposition in the early 1990s.
Ivana had claimed that Trump raped her during a confrontation in 1989 after the businessman returned home from a painful scalp reduction surgery. The allegations were revealed in a 1993 book titled Lost Tycoon: The Many Lives of Donald J. Trump.
Ivana issued a brief statement in which she rolled back her previous claims and described her husband's behavior that evening as uncharacteristically absent of the "love and tenderness which he normally exhibited towards me."
Cohen reportedly told the journalists investigating that Ivana meant she had been "raped emotionally." The article quoted him as saying, "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."
Cohen also reportedly threatened the reporters: "I will make sure that you and I meet one day while we're in the courthouse. And I will take you for every penny you still don't have. And I will come after your Daily Beast and everybody else that you possibly know."
Cohen also reportedly threatened to "mess up" the reporters' lives if they "[wrote] a story that has Mr. Trump's name in it, with the word 'rape.'" He called one of the reporters an "idiot" and said "your paper's a joke."
In a separate statement to CNN, Trump's ex-wife said the initial story was "totally without merit."
"Donald and I are the best of friends and together have raised three children that we love and are very proud of. I have nothing but fondness for Donald and wish him the best of luck on his campaign. Incidentally, I think he would make an incredible president," Ivana told CNN.