We've all heard the joke about reporters asking politicians, "So, do you still beat your wife?" For once, this seems to be an accurate question to ask.
Former Indianapolis Mayor Stephen Goldsmith moved to Washington DC after leaving office although he served as an advisor to current Indy Mayor Greg Ballard for a short while. Soon after NYC Mayor Bloomburg hired Goldsmith as a Deputy Mayor in charge of operations. Goldsmith was highly criticized for his bungling of the recent blizzard that struck New York and resigned abruptly in early August with no reason given to the press for his departure.
Now the details have started to leak out. Goldsmith spent two days in a DC jail for domestic abuse after attacking his wife at their Georgetown mansion. Prosecutors declined to press the case after Mrs. Goldsmith refused to press charges.
Both now say it was a "misunderstanding" but the police report says otherwise. The lurid details are after the break.
The shocking report describes in dramatic detail how a "verbal altercation" between the former Indianapolis mayor, 64, and his wife in their ritzy house turned ugly at around 11:30 p.m. July 30.
"I should have put a bullet through you years ago!" Margaret, 59, allegedly told Goldsmith, the report revealed.
Stephen Goldsmith then "shoved [Margaret into] the kitchen counter," according to the report.
"You're not going to do this to me again, I'm calling the police," Margaret responded, the report said.
Goldsmith "then grabbed the phone from her hands and threw it onto the ground, breaking the phone. He then grabbed [Margaret] and refused to let her go."
Mrs. Goldsmith eventually escaped by scratching the former mayor and retreating to another room where she was able to call the police.
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