Second White House Official, Speechwriter David Sorensen, Resigns Amid Domestic Violence Accusations
White House speechwriter David Sorensen resigned after his ex-wife, Jessica Corbett, accused him of being physically and emotionally abusive during their two-and-a-half-year marriage.
Sorensen denied the allegations, and claimed his ex-wife victimized him.
The Washington Post notes that it was preparing a story about the abuse claims by Corbett who said she reported Sorensen’s behavior to the FBI on Oct. 5, 2017, during a background check of Sorensen.
White House officials claimed they learned of the accusations on Feb. 8.
White House spokesman Raj Shah said in a statement on Feb. 9: “We immediately confronted the staffer, he denied the allegations and he resigned today.”
Sorensen told The Washington Post that he resigned because he “didn’t want the White House to have to deal with this distraction. It should be able to focus on continuing President Trump’s historic accomplishments for the American People.”
White House Staff Secretary Rob Porter resigned earlier this week after his two ex-wives said that he physically abused them.
Senior White House officials and the FBI knew about the allegations regarding Porter for months, but the White House acted shocked at the news.
Corbett told The Washington Post that Sorensen ran a car over her foot, put out a cigarette on her hand, threw her into a wall and grasped her by the hair while they were alone on their boat.
Corbett added that several of the incidents involved alcohol, and she recalled slapping Sorensen several times after he called her a vulgar term.
Corbett gave The Washington Post a photo of her hand with a scar from the alleged cigarette burn.
In response, Sorensen said he had “never committed violence of any kind against any woman in my entire life. In fact, I was the victim of repeated physical violence during our marriage, not her.”
Sorensen claimed that Corbett punched him on multiple occasions.
The couple was divorced in September 2017, according to records reviewed by The Washington Post.
(Source: The Washington Post, Photo Credit: David Sorenson Social Media)