Nina Kouprianova, the soon-to-be ex-wife of prominent white nationalist leader Richard Spencer, has accused him of physically, verbally and emotionally abusing her during the course of their eight-year marriage.
According to Kouprianova’s divorce filings in Flathead County District Court, Spencer was allegedly “physically, emotionally, verbally and financially abusive” during their eight-year marriage. Additionally, Kouprianova accuses Spencer of dragging her “out of bed” and “down the stairs” in a 2011 incident.
Kouprianova and Spencer, who got married in 2010 and share two children together, attempted to seal the divorce filings three times, but the judge denied those motions, stating that it sealing the filings would “infringe upon Article II, Section 9 of the Montana Constitution and the Freedom of the Press under the First Amendment of the United States Constitution.”
The divorce documents — originally obtained by BuzzFeed News — state that Kouprianova alleges instances of “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.”
via BuzzFeed News:
Koupriianova — who went by Kouprianova in some public interviews and N.K. in the documents — “has been reluctant to call police or seek an order of protection for fear of further reprisal by” Spencer, her lawyers said in court documents. “Much of the abuse has occurred in the presence of the parties’ children.”
The documents said that Spencer’s “controversial public life” has led “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” on the day of President Donald Trump’s inauguration.
“Despite the risk to his family,” Koupriianova argued in court, “[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,” the affidavit states.
Spencer has denied Kouprianova’s claims, stating in court filings that he “disputes many of her assertions” and “denies each, every, and all allegations.”