The Oprah Winfrey Network has handed a tape over to the Senate containing allegations of domestic abuse against one of Donald Trump's Cabinet nominees.

The tape contains an episode of The Oprah Winfrey Show in which the ex-wife of Trump's Labor Secretary nominee, Andrew Puzder, brought up allegations of physical abuse against him.

Politico reports that senators from both parties watched the tape in an office building on Capitol Hill. The episode, titled "High-Class Battered Women," is from March 1990. Puzder's ex-wife Lisa Fierstein appeared on the episode in disguise and was identified only by the made-up name, Ann.


The abuse allegations are just one of the reasons Andrew Puzder is a controversial nominee. Last week, his spokesman revealed that he had employed an undocumented immigrant for years. Puzder also apprenticed to a lawyer connected to the Mafia early on in his career, was criticized for working conditions at his chain of restaurants, and was accused of sexism for advertisements that showed bikini-clad women eating his company's hamburgers.

The episode of The Oprah Winfrey Show was not the only instance in which Fierstein accused Puzder of abuse. According to Politico, A 1988 unsealed court document from their divorce proceedings showed Fierstein had accused Puzder of assaulting and battering her. Court documents also show that Fierstein filed an abuse claim against Puzder in 1986, before their divorce.

Sources: Politico