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Warnock’s ex-wife told police officer following domestic dispute: I kept quiet ‘for the sake of my kids’ — ‘He’s a great actor’

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The memo:

  • Police body camera footage shows an officer responding to a report of a domestic dispute between Raphael Warnock and his then-wife earlier this year.
  • Ouleye Ndoye, now Warnock's ex-wife, alleged at the scene that he ran over her foot with his car following an argument.
  • Breaking into tears speaking to the officer, she admitted, 'I’ve tried to keep the way that he acts under wraps for a long time.'

Fox News on Tuesday evening revealed that the network’s “Tucker Carlson Tonight” has obtained police body camera footage from when an officer responded to a report of a heated domestic dispute between Raphael Warnock and his then-wife earlier this year.

Warnock and his wife, Ouleye Ndoye, have since finalized a divorce.

The incident in question occurred on March 2 and was reported on at the time by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

The body cam footage obtained by Fox News features Ndoye telling the officer that her husband is “a great actor” and “phenomenal at putting on a really good show.”

Here’s how the network outlined what happened:

In the footage, a police officer can be seen pulling up to Warnock’s house in Atlanta. Warnock tells the officer his wife called the police on him, alleging that he had run over her foot.

“Did you run over her foot?” the officer asks.

“I don’t think so,” Warnock says. “I do not think so.”

Warnock, who is the senior pastor of Atlanta’s Ebenezer Baptist Church, explains that he and his wife, Ouleye Ndoye, are in the process of getting a divorce, and domestic disputes between them have been escalating.

Warnock tells the officer they had an argument that morning over divorce papers while their two kids were present. He says that his wife prevented him from closing the car door by standing in front it.

“I don’t want to get into a shoving match with her. So I go back around, get back in the car, and I slowly start to move, like I’m gonna move forward. Then she claims I ran over her foot,” Warnock tells the officer.

The officer then goes over to Warnock’s wife who is by now outside the house to hear her side of the story. She tells the officer that she had been trying to get Warnock’s signature for a passport so she can take the kids to see her family in West Africa after the death of her grandpa. She says that Warnock refused to talk to her as he was getting in the car.

“He’s like, ‘Ouleye, close the door. I’m leaving,’” his wife tells the officer while crying. “And I was like, ‘just hear me out. If your mom died, and I had the kids. Wouldn’t you want me to let them go with you to the funeral? And he just starts backing the car up. He wasn’t going fast, I’m not bleeding. But I just can’t believe he’d run me over.”

Asked whether she thought it was intentional, she says, “Obviously. I was standing here. The door was open and I’m leaning into the car. How can you drive the car when I’m leaning into it?”

It should be noted that Ndoye is a Democrat and was recently an executive member of Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms’ staff.

Towards the end of the body cam footage, she later tells the police officer that she wanted to file a report against Warnock.

“This man’s running for United States Senate, and all he cares about right now is his reputation,” she said. “I’ve been very quiet about the way that he is for the sake of my kids and his reputation.”

“I’ve tried to keep the way that he acts under wraps for a long time, and today he crossed the line. So that is what is going on here. And he’s a great actor. He is phenomenal at putting on a really good show,” Ndoye adds.

Warnock was never charged with a crime after the incident. He has denied wrongdoing in the dispute.

The Democratic Senate candidate will face U.S. Senator Kelly Loeffler (R-GA) on January 5. Early voting is ongoing.

Sean Ross is the editor-in-chief of The Georgia Memo and Yellowhammer News. You can reach him via email at Sean@GeorgiaMemo.com