- California GOP gubernatorial candidate Larry Elder was accused of waving a gun at his ex-fiancee.
- Alexandra Datig, his ex-fiancee, told Politico that the incident happened in 2015.
- According to the report, she broke of the engagement after the incident.
California gubernatorial candidate and conservative talk show host Larry Elder has been accused of waving a gun at his ex-fiancee, according to a report from Politico.
Alexandra Datig, who also served as his radio producer for years, told Politico that she and Elder were engaged from 2013 to 2015 and that she called off the engagement after the incident. Datig did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Datig alleges that the incident happened during a heated argument, and when Elder was high on marijuana.
Elder’s campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
“He was in the bedroom, and I was standing by the door,” Datig told Politico. “We talked to each other.”
Then, Datig told Politico, Elder silently “walked over to the nightstand, opened the door, took out the gun,” which Datig said was a .45 pistol.
“And he checked if it was loaded — while I was talking,” she told Politico.
“He wanted to make sure I saw that he had it. It was an act of silent scorn — and anger,” she added. Datig said that she feared for her life in the moment and locked herself in the bathroom, calling off the engagement immediately after.
Datig told the outlet that she had signed an NDA when they became engaged and she was speaking out in spite of it.
Details about Larry Elder’s personal life have been under increased scrutiny as the recall election to potentially replace Gov. Gavin Newsom nears on September 14.
In a 2002 book, Elder advocated that employers should be able to discriminate against pregnant women employees.
“Are there legitimate business reasons for a venture capitalist to ask a female entrepreneur whether and when she intends to have children? Hell, yes,” he wrote in the book. “Call it protecting an investment.”
The Associated Press followed up with Elder on Wednesday and Elder doubled down, saying, “Government should not be intruding into the relationship between employer and employee,” he said.