When Donald Trump publicly floated the notion of running for president in 1999, his ex wife Marla Maples made it clear she’d spill the beans on her ex husband if he were to make it to the general election.
“If he is really serious about being president and runs in the general election next year, I ‘ll not be silent,” Maples told London Telegraph. “I will feel it’s my responsibility as an American citizen to tell the people what he’s actually like.”
Although, to this point, Maples has mostly stayed silent on Trump’s 2016 candidacy. If you, like us, are asking why, read on.
“She’s quite disturbed that she hasn’t been in the limelight,” Trump told reporters about Maples, based on the Associated Press. “But she got a little limelight today. I reckon she wants her day in the sun.”
“I mean you have a confidentiality agreement; you’re not allowed to speak,” continued Trump. “And she goes out and says, ‘I wouldn’t this, I wouldn’t that.’ Therefore I say, ‘Why am I paying money to somebody that’s violated an understanding?’ But we’ll see what happens in the future and if in the future she continues I imagine I’ll need to take very strong measures.”
Trump’s lawyer, Jay Goldberg, was even harsher in his criticism of Maples, saying, “The 15 minutes of glory ended when she left Donald’s side. So this is a perfect way to attract publicity. All her actions stand for the proposition ‘Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned.’”
Afterward, Trump, who the Daily News reported was enraged by Maples’ remarks, said he wouldn’t pay the remaining $1.5 million of his alimony, the balance of the pair’s divorce settlement which was due that week.
“We notified the court that we will not be paying and that we are putting the check within an escrow account,” Trump’s lawyer said to the Daily News.
Maples’ attorney, William Beslow, said the payment was late and that Maples “honors the privacy of her marriage.” Additionally they hit back at Trump’s team for going after her.
“One must ask, ‘Why now are Mr. Trump’s representatives maligning Ms. Maples?’ and the truth is clear,” Beslow stated. “They’re hoping to discredit Ms. Maples, so that if she decides to say anything in the future, Mr. Trump can shrug it off as the words of an angry person whose intellect should be questioned.”
“The interview shows no details about the marriage,” Maples’ attorney said. “In all other respects, she is as free as anyone to make statements about Mr. Trump.
Trump’s attorney subsequently maintained Trump had no intention of withholding alimony, but wanted to send a message.
“It was never our goal to withhold the $1.5 million check,” Goldberg said to the New York Post.
“Our purpose was to send a message that she was playing close to the fire. That should slow her down.”
“She’s surely a woman scorned,” he said. “She’s sad because she was a failure here in New York. She didn’t accomplish anything. She got no characters, except The Will Rogers Follies, which Donald got for her.”
Jennifer Bretan, a spokeswoman for Maples, blasted Trump to the Post.
“It’s the indication of real insecurity that Donald Trump feels the need to authorize his mouthpiece to strike out against an ex-wife who he has basically been holding financially hostage. ”
“Ms. Maples left Mr. Trump. Mr. Trump didn’t leave Ms. Maples,” Beslow said.