Lisa Fierstein vs Andrew Puzder: How A Sealed 1990 Divorce Case Brought down President Trump's Nominee for Labor Secretary

Andrew Puzda’s Divorce in 1990 Brings his 2017 Political Career to a Screeching Halt

A decades old divorce, which has been sealed all this time, is potentially going to be reopened to upend the political appointment of Andrew Puzda to President Trump’s cabinet – although it looks like that will not be necessary as it appears he has withdrawn his name from consideration.

His ex-wife Lisa Fierstein had leveled allegations of abuse against him on the Oprah Winfrey Show and she appeared on an episode about high-class women who were abused by their husbands. She was disguised and over the succeeding years, it is alleged that she has claimed she had made up the allegations of abuse and that she “regrets” appearing on Oprah to accuse her then husband of abuse.

Too bad, because these allegations have brought him down in 2017 after Oprah, at the Senates request, sent the Congress the tapes of the show where Feinstein talked about her abuse at the hands of Andrew Puzda.
Apparently, and According to Politico:

Divorce documents that were sealed after Puzder’s nomination are being sought in a lawsuit filed by the Campaign for Accountability, a left-leaning nonprofit, which argued in a St. Louis County courtroom Tuesday afternoon that Puzder’s nomination required that they be seen by the public. They might be unsealed as soon as Wednesday, according to Daniel Stevens, acting executive director of the Campaign for Accountability.

In the tape, Fierstein does not detail her accusations of physical abuse — accusations she had leveled two years earlier in a petition seeking $350,000 in damages. In that petition, Fierstein said Puzder “assaulted and battered me by striking me violently about the face, chest, back, shoulders and neck, without provocation or cause,” leaving “bruises and contusions to the chest, back, shoulders and neck” and “two ruptured discs and two bulging discs,” among other injuries.

The judge in the case dismissed the petition on the grounds that Puzder’s divorce agreement had already settled all of Fierstein’s prior claims against him.

“I wound up losing everything, everything,” Fierstein said on “Oprah.” “I have nothing. He has a Porsche and a Mercedes-Benz. He has the home. He has everything. He was an attorney, and he knew how to play the system.”

This is very interesting how she now denies having been abused. It is also interesting that they could get the case unsealed but could not get Mr. Trump’s divorce from first wife Ivana Trump unsealed (she had also alleged abuse) and interesting that abuse allegations brought down Puzda but had no effect on Trump.

The story does shed a light on this issue of domestic violence and it demonstrates that money and so called class are not a buffer against getting your face rearranged by an angry, raging spouse. It also shows that allegations of domestic abuse are very complicated because some of the so called victims lie. They lie about the abuse by saying they were abused when they were not or saying they were not abused when they were. It is a very complicated and very delicate issue.