Conservative influencer Stephen Crowder posted a written and video response Friday afternoon to leaked video of him that appears to show him berating his former wife, who was pregnant at the time with the couple’s twins, the New York Post reported.
Crowder mentioned privacy “by court order, agreed upon by all parties” in reference to the leaked video which, of course, would not be in keeping with a privacy order.
“Look,” Crowder said in his video response, “broken marriages are ugly, and in them people do ugly things, myself of course included. I would never claim otherwise.”
Crowder reportedly has admitted to saying off-screen to his then-wife during an argument, “I will f*** you up.”
“However,” Crowder said in his Friday statement, “due to misleadingly edited leaks to the tabloid press, without context and not subject to consequences of the court — well, if not privacy, the next best option is truth.”
“So today,” Crowder continued, “I have filed a motion to officially unseal all files as they relate to the matter of legal record. Finances, relevant medical records including mental health history or evaluations, depositions, any motions or sanctions from the courts of Texas.”
He then emphasized that he “will NOT be leaking private marital information to the press, but if the privacy agreements are not respected by all parties, I will address that [as] a matter of irrefutable legal record, in full context, next week.”
Crowder’s position appears to be that if his ex-wife continues, in violation of a court order, leaking damaging things about him to the tabloids, then he will see to it through legal channels that information is made available that she will not want released, also.
The videos clips are difficult to place absent context, but several things within appear concerning. In one instance in which Crowder has been blasted for making demands of his then-wife to perform various tasks, it appears that he actually is complaining — rightly or wrongly — of what he believes — also rightly or wrongly — to be emotional manipulation on the part of his then-wife, by telling him “I love you” while declining all requests. “It’s not fair, and it’s disingenuous,” he says.
In a video released by Crowder himself, he appears to focus heavily on the fact that Texas law allows his wife to decide alone to divorce him. It appears possible that he emphasizes this to communicate that he did not choose to break his wedding vows, but the comments raise eyebrows and have been a source of concern and criticism for some observers.
Also in a video released by Crowder himself, he momentarily appears to accept all blame for the situation. “It’s no one’s fault but my own,” he said, and paused a beat before adding, “I picked wrong.”
Much has been made of a discussion about his then-wife leaving the home, and whether or not Crowder would allow her to do so, but it appears to have been more a dispute about the couple somehow having only one car at the time. He suggested she take an Uber, to which she said no. She eventually left with the car, it appears.
Crowder appeared focused on what he saw as a contradiction between his then-wife’s declaration of commitment and love and her choice to leave then rather than do the things that he was upset at her for not doing.
Crowder also appears to tell his then-wife to “become … someone worthy.”
Viewers may speculate that Crowder’s then-wife was aware that the interaction was being recorded, but that Crowder was not. But as with much of such matters, observers are left to speculate.
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