Jessica Corbett on Tuesday broke her silence following the sudden resignation of White House speechwriter David Sorensen last week, and alleged her former husband assaulted her on multiple occasions during their two-and-a-half-year marriage.
But Sorensen rejected her claims and said he never hit or abused Corbett, and instead claimed it was Corbett who physically abused him during their marriage.
Sorensen last week became the second White House official to leave amid domestic violence allegations, following the departure of White House aide Rob Porter.
In an interview with NBC News Tuesday, Corbett said Sorensen was physically abusive to her during their marriage.
"He has thrown me into a wall. He has put a cigarette out on my hand. Made me drive around for hours wondering where I would go. With no money, to beg people for cash so I could come home," Corbett said.
But Sorensen told the Washington Examiner he "never committed violence of any kind against" his accuser, and was himself physically assaulted by her on multiple occasions.
"Big picture view: by all accounts, there's no doubt this was a very tumultuous relationship. We had a lot of problems and they got worse as time went on and we had big loud fights. We said a lot of nasty things to each other and that's for sure," Sorensen said. "But what I will say is that I never — with her or with any woman in my entire life — have been violent in any way. And even just with verbal exchanges, it was a two-way street. She initiated most of the fights. She had a very short temper, but there was no power imbalance."
He said, "Although I had hoped to never have to think about or discuss the woman who spent years physically attacking, threatening, and lying about me — and relentlessly and cruelly bombarding me with unimaginable fits of rage — this incident is an opportunity to highlight the grossly under-reported and unacknowledged issue of female-on-male domestic violence."
Sorensen provided pictures that he said show injuries to his face and neck. He claimed Corbett punched him, and grabbed him by the neck as he attempted to leave the house.
Sorensen said his decision to resign from his White House post should not implicate guilt and was only done because of the unique situation he was in at the White House.
"It was a decision to allow the White House to move forward without this distraction," he noted.