Trump Is Unusually Friendly With Men Accused Of Crimes Against Women, Children
There seems to be an unusually high number of people in President Donald Trump’s orbit who have been accused or convicted of crimes against women and children, from former campaign advisers to former administration officials to former friends.
Some of the individuals are famous in their own right — such as the late Jeffrey Epstein — but others are noteworthy largely for their connection to the president.
Below are each of the former Trump associates who have been accused of crimes ranging from pedophilia to domestic abuse.
Jeffrey Epstein — the multimillionaire hedge fund manager and sex offender believed to have abused dozens of underage girls himself and procured girls for others to abuse as well — was a longtime friend of Trump.
The Miami Herald, in its extensive investigative reporting on Epstein’s case, noted that Trump was “Epstein’s neighbor in Palm Beach and former friend who also flew on Epstein’s plane.”
Though there is no evidence suggesting that Trump engaged in the abuse of minors alongside Epstein, he has acknowledged in the past that Epstein had an affinity for younger women.
"I've known Jeff for fifteen years. Terrific guy,'' Trump told New York Magazine in 2002. "He's a lot of fun to be with. It is even said that he likes beautiful women as much as I do, and many of them are on the younger side. No doubt about it -- Jeffrey enjoys his social life."
The president would later attempt to distance himself from Epstein.
The former financier is now deceased, of course, after he took his own life in a Manhattan jail cell while awaiting prosecution for new sex trafficking charges in New York.
In 2010, Tevfik Arif — a Kazakh national and founder of the New York-based international real estate development and investment company Bayrock Group — was arrested for his “role in pimping out Eastern European models for decadent sex parties aboard a Turkish yacht,” numerous news outlets reported.
Arif was also a business partner of none other than Donald Trump.
The Daily Beast said police raided the “Savarona, a 450-foot luxury yacht moored off the coast of the city Antalya” after a seven-month investigation into an alleged international prostitution ring.
On board, authorities found “nine Russian and Ukranian models” and “the wealthy businessmen who allegedly shelled out $3,000 to $10,000 for the trysts.”
Arif, who steadfastly denied the charges, was later tried and acquitted.
The Daily Beast noted that Trump refused to comment on his business partner’s arrest at the time.
George Nader, whom Bloomberg News described as a “Lebanese-American businessman, globe-trotting ‘fixer,’ [and] convicted child molester,” circled close enough to Trump to be caught up in special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation.
Nader also has a 15-year-old pedophilia conviction in Europe after being charged with "moral corruption of minors, sexual abuse and impairing morals” for abusing underage boys between 1992 and 2002.
Prior to that conviction, which reportedly saw Nader serve time in a Prague prison, the Trump associate was accused in Washington, D.C., of crimes relating to child pornography in 1985; however, those charges were later dropped.
Nader was on his way to Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort last year when he was picked up by Mueller’s investigators, who were reportedly interested in his “role in two high-level get-togethers after the presidential election.”
The businessman now faces prosecution in the U.S. “for conspiracy to conceal campaign contributions, saying they funneled $3.5 million to various political committees and presidential candidates.”
And in an unrelated case, Nader pleaded guilty on January 13, 2019 to charges of child sex trafficking and possession of child pornography. The pornography was an incidental finding on Nader’s phone when law enforcement officials stopped him at Dulles International Airport in relation to the Mueller investigation.
The child sex trafficking charges involve a 14-year-old boy from the Czech Republic that Nader had flown to his home in Washington, D.C., in 2000, after which the businessman confiscated the boy’s passport.
Prosecutors said Nader then “assaulted him nightly and kept the child silent by threatening him and his mother with imprisonment should they ever attempt to report him, according to the indictment,” Courthouse News reported.
Then there is John Casablancas, founder of the modeling agency Elite and longtime friend of the president.
Casablancas, who died in 2013, allegedly had an affair with an underage model and “established a culture of compliance with sexually predatory behavior,” according to Marie Anderson Boyd, an agent and vice president at Elite’s Chicago office between 1985 and 1990.
Anderson Boyd told HuffPost in 2018 that models regularly told her about sexual misconduct within the business.
She also recounted witnessing two female executives at the company implore Casablancas and another executive, Gerald Marie, to stop sleeping with underage girls.
Anderson Boyd told New York Magazine in 2000 that Marie simply responded, “We are men. We have our needs.”
Another modeling agent with Elite, Carolyn Kramer, said, “There was a below-the-radar understanding that the [executives] of Elite [Casablancas and Marie] were sleeping with young women.”
Casablancas, who founded his company in 1972, had a been a friend of Trump’s for years.
The New York Times reported in 1997, in a piece on Ivanka Trump’s emergence on the modeling scene, that Elite held events at Trump Tower in Manhattan. The agency is also where Ivanka got her start in the business, beginning her modeling career at age 15.
The Times wrote: “It seems that Monical Pillard, the president of Elite, had been eyeing Ivanka since she spotted her on her father’s lap four years ago, when Mr. Trump was a judge of a new-talent contest for the agency.”
Pillard also served as a judge in the Miss Universe Pageant, which was jointly owned by Donald Trump and CBS.
Global News reported in 2018 that top Trump fundraiser Elliott Broidy allegedly forced former Playboy model Shera Bechard to have an abortion after she became pregnant during their affair.
Bechard said in court papers that she feared for her safety after the pregnancy became apparent, alleging that Broidy became violent before demanding she have the abortion.
Broidy subsequently “resigned as deputy finance chairman for the Republican National Committee after the affair and payoff to Bechard were disclosed,” Global News reported.
One of Trump’s former communication staffers sued Gizmodo Media Group after one its publications reported on allegations that he administered the “abortion pill” to a woman without her knowledge after he learned he had impregnated her.
The story “was based on a filing in Miller's family court fight with A.J. Delgado, another Trump staffer with whom Miller had an affair and fathered a child,” The Hollywood Reporter noted.
The court filing “stated that Delgado had been informed that Miller had an affair with a ‘Jane Doe’; that this other woman became pregnant; that shortly thereafter, Miller visited the woman's apartment with a smoothie; and that unbeknownst to Jane Doe, the smoothie contained an abortion pill, which induced an abortion.”
Despite Miller’s best attempts to argue a defense, the judge concluded that the story was a fair and true report of a sealed legal filing.
Whether the allegation itself is true, however, has not been determined either way.
A former top aide in Trump’s White House, Rob Porter, resigned in 2018 amid allegations from both of his ex-wives that they experienced domestic abuse at his hand during their marriages.
According to CNN, Colbie Holderness, Porter's first wife, and Jennifer Willoughby, Porter's second wife, each said his abusive tendencies were the reason for their divorces.
Holderness “said that Porter's repeated physically abusive behavior also included throwing her on the bed and forcefully pushing one of his limbs into her body in anger and choking her,” the news outlet reported.
Willoughby told the network that Porter was abused her verbally and emotionally, calling her names and berating her for not wanting to have sex often enough.
Only once did the former Trump aide become physically aggressive, she said: "We were in a fight and I disengaged from the fight after screaming at each other. I took a shower and Rob followed me fairly shortly after and grabbed me from the shower by my shoulders up close to my neck and pulled me out to continue to yell at me. He immediately saw the look of shock and terror on my face and released me and apologized and attempted to make things right."
She took out a temporary protective order against Porter after the couple separated but were not yet divorced.
Porter denied the allegations from both ex-wives.
Another Trump White House staffer left in 2018, just two days after Porter’s departure, over similar allegations of domestic abuse.
David Sorensen, a speechwriter who worked under senior policy adviser Stephen Miller, made his exit as The Washington Post was reporting on allegations from his former wife, Jessica Corbett.
Corbett told The Post that during their marriage, Sorensen “ran a car over her foot, put out a cigarette on her hand, threw her into a wall and grasped her menacingly by her hair while they were alone on their boat in remote waters off Maine’s coast, an incident she said left her fearing for her life.”
Sorensen claimed that Corbett was lying and was in fact him who was abused by his ex-wife.