Richard Spencer Faces Divorce For Being Richard Spencer
Richard Spencer, one of the fixtures in the alt-right movement, has been served with divorce papers for doing all of the things that he has explicitly said he would do to women.
The filing comes from Spencer’s wife of eight years, Nina Koupriianova. Ms. Koupriianova is a citizen of Canada—a country Spencer is fine with because it does not have many black people—and is a native of Russia, a country Spencer loves.
In the divorce papers, Ms. Koupriianova alleges that Mr. Spencer did basically everything that anyone would expect from a member of the alt-right.
According to the divorce complaint, Mr. Spencer wanted to watch a movie, but his wife was upstairs. So he grabbed her by the hair and dragged her down the stairs, causing extensive bruising.
The divorce filing also claims that the movie was Iron Man, II.
Ms. Koupriianova claims that her relationship with Mr. Spencer was “physically, emotionally, verbally and financially abusive.” She says that Mr. Spencer’s favorite remark to her was that “the only language women understand is violence,” and that he kept a loaded handgun under his pillow, where it was easily accessible to the couple’s two young children, Kyle and Kalvin.
She also says that Mr. Spencer forced her to live in Montana.
Pressured to either defend the conduct mentioned in the divorce papers or maintain his prominence in the alt-right movement, Mr. Spencer has refused to comment, stating merely that he denies many of the allegations he is facing.
In fact, one of the stated reasons for the divorce has been Mr. Spencer’s rampant Nazism. According to Ms. Koupriianova, she wants the marriage to end because of the danger Mr. Spencer has brought to the family through his white nationalist views—views that Ms. Koupriianova disagrees with.
Even though both Ms. Koupriianova and Mr. Spencer filed motions to have their divorce case sealed from public view, the divorce court judge refused.
“Mr. Spencer has been using the First Amendment to espouse his ridiculous views of white male supremacy for years,” the judge wrote in his decision to refuse to seal the case. “We all knew that his understanding of the First Amendment was shallow. He now comes before this court and proves it by refusing to acknowledge the interest of the press in reporting the fact that he is getting at least some of what he deeply deserves.”
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