Mayoral hopeful Bo Dietl holds anti-public urination press conference. Dietl insisted he never told the Times he’d worked for Steve Bannon on his divorce.
Bo Dietl is apologizing after a story about his private-eye firm investigating Steve Bannon’s wife during the couple’s divorce — but only to Steve Bannon.
"I just have to apologize to Mr. Bannon for him being the subject of something that I was never involved with,” Dietl said. “And he never came to me on his matrimonial case and the New York Times should apologize."
The Times reported Monday that Dietl told the paper his firm was hired in the 90s by Bannon to work on “domestic” issues during a divorce. At the time, Bannon was divorcing his second wife, who had accused him of attacking her, the Times noted, adding that former members of Dietl’s staff also told the paper the firm had investigated Bannon’s wife.
But Monday, Dietl insisted he never told the Times he’d worked for Bannon on his divorce — and that to the contrary, he’d helped Bannon’s ex-wife.
"I said I never ever worked on Steve Brannon’s divorce case in 1996 against his wife. I said I might have done something for him in the last couple of years,” Dietl said. “And now all of a sudden I remembered, there was something about his ex-wife to help them, and he called me to help one of his ex-wives, and that’s the only thing I ever did for Steve Bannon other than be my friend."
A Times spokeswoman said, "We stand by our story."
Senior Counselor to the President Steve Bannon. Bo Dietl’s firm was reportedly hired in the 90s by Bannon to work on “domestic” issues during a divorce.
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Dietl has a long history of digging into the pasts of women who accused powerful men of harassing them. He investigated Fox News journalist Gretchen Carlson after she accused Roger Ailes of sexual harassment, he admitted to the News earlier this year, insisting he wasn’t working for Ailes because he’d been hired by the company’s law firm.
He insisted the accused have a right to defense and that he’d done plenty to help women — including tracking down women who had been kidnapped overseas and threatening men who had harmed them.
“Yeah, Bo threatened people that assault or are threatening women and children,” he said of himself. “And I stand by that.”
Dietl’s private-eye work is just one aspect of his life that has garnered him scrutiny on the campaign trail. He also deemed a Reform Party leader a “lying worm” for not endorsing him and said he knew a judge would rule against him in court when he sought the Democratic line because she “looked like” the mayor’s wife, Chirlane McCray. Both women are black.
More recently, he urged people to urinate near the mayor’s Gracie Mansion home to protest policies reducing the penalties for public urination.