Labor secretary nominee's ex-wife claims he 'vowed revenge' in newly public clip from 'Oprah' episode

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Labor Secretary nominee Andrew Puzder withdrew his name from consideration for the role on Wednesday. The announcement comes on the same day that a 1990 episode of The Oprah Winfrey Show was released in which Puzder's ex-wife makes claims of domestic abuse against him. A clip from the episode, which is currently being reviewed in the Senate, was published by Politico on Wednesday.

Lisa Fierstein used the alias "Ann" and wears a wig and sunglasses in the episode, entitled "High Class Battered Women."

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Andrew Puzder, chief executive officer of CKE Restaurants Inc., listens during a panel discussion at the annual Milken Institute Global Conference in Beverly Hills, California, U.S., on Monday, April 30, 2012. The conference brings together hundreds of chief executive officers, senior government officials and leading figures in the global capital markets for discussions on social, political and economic challenges. Photographer: Jonathan Alcorn/Bloomberg via Getty Images
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"The most frightening thing was leaving, because once I made that break and once I made it public, and remember my ex-husband was a public figure and everyone knew him and knew what he was doing, and once I made that public, he vowed revenge," alleged Fierstein. "He said, 'I will see you in the gutter. This will never be over. You will pay for this.'

Puzder has repeatedly denied allegations of domestic abuse. The couple divorced in 1987. Eight months after Fierstein's Oprah appearance, Politico reports she retracted past abuse allegations as part of a child custody agreement. In a letter she wrote last month to the senators on the Health Education Labor and Pensions Committee, Fierstein said, "I regret my decision to appear on that show." She said she was asked to appear on the domestic abuse panel and became "caught up in the notion of a free trip to Chicago and being a champion of women and women's issues."

In the video clip, Fierstein talks about how difficult it is when people don't believe allegations of abuse and said there were moments where she was in denial and could "barely believe it" herself.

"Most men who are in positions like that don't leave marks," she said. "The damage that I've sustained, you can't see. It's permanent, permanent damage. But there's no mark. And there never was. They never hit you in the face. They're too smart. They don't hit you in front of everyone. The judicial system would say that,'Were there any witnesses?' No, come on. They know better."

Read more: Senate Reviews 'Oprah' Interview In Which Ex-Wife of Labor Secretary Nominee Claims He Abused Her

Puzder is the CEO of CKE Restaurants, the parent company of Hardee's and Carl's Jr. He is also under scrutiny for admitting he employed an undocumented immigrant.

In a statement provided to The Hollywood Reporter earlier this week, Winfrey's OWN network said it made approximately 20 episodes of The Oprah Winfrey Show about domestic violence available to the HELP committee as part of its confidential investigation into a Cabinet nominee. The network did not provide "information about the identities of anyone who appeared in these episodes."

(AOL contributed to this report)
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