The former wife of beleaguered Republican U.S. Senate candidate Jack Ryan said Wednesday that she stands by allegations in the couple's divorce file that he took her to sex clubs and attempted to have sex with her in public.
"Jeri's statement can be found in the original court documents, and the truth has not changed in the last five years," a spokesman for TV actress Jeri Ryan told the television show "Entertainment Tonight." Still, the spokesman said, "Jeri does wish Jack the best of luck in his Senate campaign."
In the couple's previously sealed divorce records, Jack Ryan denied the allegations.
Despite intensifying opposition in Illinois, Ryan has allies in the National Republican Senatorial Committee.
A spokesman for the committee said Sen. George Allen (R-Va.), the group's chairman, had spoken to Ryan on Tuesday and said: "We are fully still behind Jack. That's not going to change." Allen will host a Washington fundraising luncheon for Ryan on Thursday.
But a breakfast fundraiser, at which U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.) was to have been a host, was canceled. Hastert aides said he had to attend a White House meeting.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun