The former Miss Universe at the center of a bitter exchange in Monday’s presidential debate was accused of aiding a would-be murderer and threatening to kill a judge, it has emerged.
Alicia Machado was named by Hillary Clinton as having been shamed for her weight in 1996 by Donald Trump, when she was Miss Universe and he bought the beauty contest, by being called ‘Miss Piggy’ when she gained weight.
The then Miss Venezuela was photographed with Trump at a gym as he spoke about how she ‘loves to eat’, and she also claimed he mocked her Latino accent, calling her ‘Miss Housekeeping’.
On Tuesday Machado launched her own attack on the Republican candidate, accusing him of abuse and ‘stupid things’.
But now two Associated Press reports from 1998 have revealed the Machado was accused of aiding attempted murder and threats to kill in Venezuela.
DailyMail.com has asked the Clinton campaign whether they knew about the accusations, which do not appear to have ended in conviction, before the candidate spoke about her at the debate.
The campaign also organized a conference call for reporters on Tuesday with the now 39-year-old actress, in which she spoke almost exclusively in Spanish to continue the attacks on Trump.
The troubling details of what Machado was accused of emerged after she had reigned as Miss Universe in 1996.