Former White House staff secretary Rob Porter told reporters that his ex-wife Colbie Holderness received a black eye from a fall, following the release of a photo featuring Holderness with a black eye and reports that he was abusive in both his previous marriages, according to a report Tuesday.
Porter met with a handful of journalists shortly after reports emerged detailing the alleged abuse and informed them that Holderness bruised her eye from a fall during an altercation regarding a Venetian vase, Politico reports, citing unnamed sources familiar with the meeting.
Porter told the same story regarding Holderness’ black eye with White House staffers, according to ABC News.
According to the Daily Mail, Porter called his second wife a “fucking bitch” while they were on their honeymoon, a detail Porter admitted to the reporters as true, and grabbed her out the shower on one occasion.
Holderness then told the Daily Mail in a separate report that the former White House aide had punched her face and choked her, among other abuses.