Trump-endorsed congressional candidate Max Miller denies assaulting former White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham following bombshell report about his past

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Max Miller, an Ohio congressional candidate who has been backed by Trump, is at a campaign event in Wellington, Ohio
Max Miller at the Lorain County Fairgrounds on June 26 in Wellington, Ohio. Scott Olson/Getty Images
  • A Trump-endorsed House candidate denied claims that he assaulted Stephanie Grisham.

  • Max Miller slapped and pushed Grisham during a fight, sources told Politico Magazine.

  • "Mr. Miller has never, ever assaulted Ms. Grisham in any way," his attorney told the outlet.

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Max Miller, an Ohio congressional candidate who has been endorsed by former President Donald Trump, is denying allegations that he assaulted former White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham, said a Politico Magazine profile that was published on Wednesday.

Politico Magazine's Michael Kruse detailed allegations of abuse in a lengthy article about Miller's past. Miller worked both as an advance staffer for Trump's 2016 campaign and as an associate director of the Office of Personnel in the White House.

Miller is now mounting a primary challenge to GOP Rep. Anthony Gonzalez in Ohio's 16th Congressional District. Gonzalez is a target of Trumpworld because he voted to impeach the former president over inciting the January 6 insurrection.

In addition to closely examining Miller's past in Ohio, Politico reported on his 18-month relationship with Grisham, who served as first lady Melania Trump's chief of staff and top spokesperson before serving as the White House press secretary.

Citing three sources familiar with the matter, Politico reported on the pair's fights, including one in which Grisham accused Miller of infidelity. Miller once threw a dog toy at Grisham and would try to grab her when she tried to leave in the elevator of his apartment building, the article said.

"Mr. Miller has never, ever assaulted Ms. Grisham in any way whatsoever," Miller's attorney Larry Zuckerman told Politico about the claims.

Grisham declined to comment.

Three sources told Politico that in April 2020 Miller slapped and pushed Grisham. She fled from the scene of their fight, running away from Miller into chilly evening temperatures with her purse and no jacket, the sources told Politico.

One person, whom Politico described as a non-White House source close to Grisham, confirmed that the episode "happened," describing it as "violent" and "hard" for Grisham.

Another person familiar with the episode, who was one of Grisham's colleagues at the White House, told Politico the two of them "talked and cried" about it, saying, "This was not a moment of gossip. This was not a moment of slander. This was a moment of pain and fear."

Zuckerman denied the allegations to Politico. "None of these alleged 'three people' could possibly have any first-hand knowledge of this false incident because it never happened," he said.

Miller's attorney shared emails with Politico between Grisham and Miller that showed Grisham accusing Miller of cheating on her and Miller denying the charges, but no mention of an assault, which Zuckerman described as proving Miller's innocence "by way of omission," Politico reported.

Miller's campaign didn't immediately respond to Insider's request for comment.

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