The Indianapolis Star grabbed an exclusive interview with both deputy mayor Stephen Goldsmith’s current wife and his previous one after it was revealed yesterday that he resigned his post due to a domestic violence arrest.
His current wife, Margaret, says that the allegations are not true; his former wife, Melissa Martin, believes her.
His arrest on such charges was “the last thing in the world I would have anticipated. . . . I’m stunned.”
Martin said she first learned of his arrest Thursday morning when a New York reporter called her.
“You could have just knocked me off my chair with a feather,” she said. “Steve is so measured in his thoughts and his words and his actions that it was just unbelievable to me.”
As for the current Ms. Goldsmith, who suffers from lupus, she tells the paper that she called police July 30 after an argument over a “very personal and family-related matter.”
“I wanted Steve to leave the house and I was too tired to deal with it by myself,” she said. “Neither one of us had slept in two nights. Judgment is clouded when exhaustion sets in.”
The police report says that Ms. Goldsmith told her husband, “I should have put a bullet through you years ago.”
Margaret Goldsmith told The Star that was “a snide, snarky response to an old issue. I explained that to the police more than once. They knew it was not a legitimate statement or intended to be anything other than irritating.”
One final item of note: After the arrest, the Goldsmiths went on a two-week cruise to the British Isles and Normandy.
“It is not exactly a place two people would go for two weeks with serious issues,” Ms. Goldsmith told The Star, describing her husband as the man who has stayed by her side, “taking care of me and our family” through her health challenges.
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