White House Aide Rob Porter's Ex Wife Speaks Out Amid Abuse Allegations in Tearful Interview

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February 09, 2018Feb 09, 2018

Days ago, news broke that White House Aid Robert Porter has been accused of physically and emotionally abusing both of his ex-wives—Jennie Willoughby and Colbie Holderness. Following the abuse allegations, which Porter has denied, he resigned from his position at the White House.

As reported earlier, Porter was a prominent "behind the scenes" figure at the White House. He spent a majority of his time beside President Donald Trump and personally handled every document signed by the President.

Porter was first married to Holderness from 2003-2008. He and Willoughby later wed in 2009 until they officially divorced in 2013.

Willoughby, Porter’s second wife, spoke out about the abuse in an interview Friday morning, February 9th. On “The TODAY Show,” Willoughby tearfully revealed that she believes the accusations made by Porter’s first wife.

“Of course I believe her. Of course I believe her,” she said when asked about the image of Holderness’s black eye, which was allegedly from Porter.

Willoughby continued, “It’s so isolating. I mentioned the shame, but it’s also the isolation. You don’t really feel like you can talk to anybody about it or like anybody would understand.”

“To meet Colbie and to hear her story and to recognize that we both had that experience was a release,” Willoughby stated. “It was a recognition. We really were in this together.”    

Watch clips from the interview below:

https://twitter.com/TODAYshow/status/961943246632087552

https://twitter.com/TODAYshow/status/961944194943209472

If you or someone you know is dealing with a domestic violence situation, please call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE (7233). The line is open 24/7.

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