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Rob Porter’s ex-wife confesses she’s fearful for Hope Hicks: ‘I don’t think he’ll stop’

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Rob Porter and Hope Hicks

Jennie Willoughby, the second ex-wife of disgraced White House staffer Rob Porter, revealed to CNN’s Anderson Cooper that she fears for the safety of his current girlfriend Hope Hicks.

The former White House aide recently resigned after news came out about alleged abuse from two ex-wives. Hicks serves as the White House communications director has been dating Porter for several months and helped draft statements to defend him. But Willoughby warned that when Porter feels stressed is when he often strikes.

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“I don’t think he’s changed,” she told Cooper, who asked if that concerns her. “It worries me for a lot of reasons. I mean, it definitely worries me because if I’m being frank with you, if he hasn’t already been abusive with Hope, he will. And particularly now that he’s under a lot of stress and scrutiny. That’s when the behaviors come out. If he hasn’t already, he will.”

Cooper asked if she thought Porter could stop and Willoughby said she doesn’t believe he can.

“I don’t think that he has done the self-reflective work to acknowledge this issue,” she said. “I don’t think that he has really taken the time to deconstruct why it is that he behaves this way, and until he’s able to do that, I don’t know that he has control over it.”

“So, you’re really worried about Hope Hicks?” Cooper asked.

“I am worried.”

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She also detailed the ways in which Porter was still in contact with her up until a few weeks ago attempting to manipulate her into changing her Instagram posts and blog posts that talk about abuse that don’t mention his name.

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