Wife Of White Nationalist Richard Spencer Says He Physically And Emotionally Abused Her
White nationalist leader Richard Spencer has been accused of being “physically, emotionally, verbally and financially abusive” by his wife in divorce papers that she filed in the Flathead County District Court in Montana.
Nina Koupriianova, who has two young children with the white supremacist, recalled she was allegedly “being hit, being grabbed, being dragged around by her hair, being held down in a manner causing bruising, and being prevented from calling for help,” notes Buzzfeed News.
The divorce papers say that Koupriianova “has been reluctant to call police or seek an order of protection for fear of further reprisal by” the “alt-right” leader, and that “[m]uch of the abuse has occurred in the presence of the parties’ children.”
The divorce filing also claims that Spencer’s “controversial public life” has led to “his entire family to be targets of violence,” and Spencer kept a loaded weapon in his bedroom that was “accessible by children” after he was “assaulted in public” in Washington D.C. when Trump was inaugurated.
Koupriianova, who has been married to Spencer since 2010, also alleges that Spencer put his family at risk:
Despite the risk to his family. [Spencer] continues to engage in extremely polarizing public speech advocating ‘peaceful ethnic cleansing’ and a white-only “ethno-state” which tends to invite passions and violence. Most, if not all, of [Spencer’s] public speaking events result in violence.
In his court filing, Spencer said “I dispute many of her assertions,” and that he “denies each, every, and all allegations.”
Mother Jones reported in 2017 that Spencer has benefited from $2 million in government money because of his family’s farm in Louisiana, which was likely built by black people.