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Oklahoma City mayoral candidate Ed Shadid responds to media reports on divorce records

An Oklahoma County special judge unsealed divorce records Friday for Oklahoma City mayoral candidate Ed Shadid.
by Nolan Clay Modified: December 23, 2013 at 7:58 pm •  Published: December 24, 2013

In a statement about the unsealing of his divorce records, Oklahoma City mayoral candidate Ed Shadid said Sunday “there were many false allegations during our divorce.”

“I will not engage in further dialogue on these matters,” he wrote at the end of the statement posted on Facebook.

An Oklahoma County judge granted Shadid and Dina Hammam a divorce in 2007 and then sealed most of the divorce file. The judge released the records Friday at the request of The Oklahoman.

The Oklahoman reported Sunday that the records contradict Shadid's recent claims that he only invoked the Fifth Amendment during the divorce to questions about marijuana use.

The records show he also invoked that constitutional privilege against self-incrimination to a question about cocaine use. The records also show his attorney invoked it on his behalf to prevent disclosure of any “admissions regarding viewing of pornography.”

The Fifth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution states that no person shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself.

The divorce records also contradict his recent claim that marijuana was “the only drug at issue ... in front of the court.” His cocaine use during the marriage also came up in proceedings.

>>Read: Records contradict Shadid's claims (published Dec. 21, 2013)

>>Read: Judge considered keeping graphic statements private (published Dec. 21, 2013)

>>Read a summary of the conflicting statements (published Dec. 21, 2013)

Shadid, 45, wrote Sunday he spoke about his divorce file and his invoking of the Fifth Amendment “honestly given my memory of these traumatic events” and “my understanding of the documents.”

Shadid on Sunday specifically denied Hammam's testimony in August 2005 during a court hearing that he freebased cocaine with a male prostitute. He called the allegation outrageous and completely untrue.

He also specifically said he never watched pornography in front of his children. Hammam testified at a court hearing in 2006 that he watched pornography “in front of the girls.”

He also repeated Sunday his claim that “I never physically harmed Dina.” She testified in a 2006 deposition that he choked her.

Shadid has acknowledged previously that he was addicted to marijuana for many years, that he used cocaine twice and that he used LSD and ecstasy when he was a teenager.

He wrote Sunday, “I have not used any illicit drugs or alcohol in more than nine years with many years of urine and hair screens to prove it.”

by Nolan Clay
Sr. Reporter
Nolan Clay was born in Oklahoma and has worked as a reporter for The Oklahoman since 1985. He covered the Oklahoma City bombing trials and witnessed bomber Tim McVeigh's execution. His investigative reports have brought down public officials,...
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