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Dr. Ed Shadid, a Ward 2 city councilman, is running for mayor of Oklahoma City.
by Nolan Clay and Robby Trammell Modified: December 22, 2013 at 12:45 am •  Published: December 21, 2013

Oklahoma City mayoral candidate Ed Shadid has made claims this month about his past drug abuse and his invoking of the Fifth Amendment to avoid criminal prosecution that conflict with divorce records just made public.

He also made assertions about episodes of domestic violence that are inconsistent with the records.

Shadid, a spinal surgeon, also lied about his drug use to the state agency that oversees doctors when he first applied for his medical license in 2001 and for years afterward, the records show.

“He spends all of his time living this psychological, strange life,” his then-wife said in testimony in 2006.

Oklahoma County Special Judge Lisa Hammond on Friday unsealed their divorce file. The judge ruled in favor of The Oklahoman which sought release of the records on behalf of itself and the public.

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The judge granted Shadid and his ex-wife, Dina Hammam, a divorce in 2007 and sealed the file that year at their request. They had wed in New York City in 2000.

His ex-wife has endorsed his run for mayor, saying he is a changed man. Shadid said in a statement Thursday, “I'm asking the people of Oklahoma City for your forgiveness as I've asked God for the same.”

Shadid, a Ward 2 city councilman, announced in August he would run for mayor. He has talked during his campaign of a past marijuana addiction and said he has been in recovery for many years.

Recently, he went further, acknowledging he also used cocaine, LSD and Ecstasy and that he was violent in front of his wife.

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>>Dec. 23: Oklahoma City mayoral candidate Ed Shadid responds to media reports on divorce records

>>Dec. 22: Statement from Ed Shadid about the media reports

He insisted, though, in an email Wednesday to the Oklahoma City Fraternal Order of Police that marijuana “was the only drug at issue during our marriage and in front of the court.”

That statement conflicts with records that show his cocaine use came up during the divorce case.

In a court hearing in August 2005, Hammam testified specifically about two times her husband used cocaine during their marriage.

“Basically he told me that he freebased cocaine with a male prostitute in San Francisco while I was away at a wedding in Switzerland,” she testified about the first time.

The couple lived in San Francisco for awhile after they wed in 2000.

“He told me ... the first time because the male prostitute buzzed us and announced his name and I asked, ‘Who is this?' And he was begging this guy to go away and told me who he was,” she said.

Previous Stories:

>>Dec. 8: Councilman Ed Shadid still fighting to keep past secret

>>Dec. 9 Oklahoma Supreme Court returns Ed Shadid secrecy case to divorce judge

>>Dec. 11 Editorial from The Oklahoman: OKC council member should end fight over divorce records

>>Dec. 21: Judge makes public Oklahoma City mayoral candidate's divorce records

She testified he also told her about using cocaine with other adults in a hotel in Las Vegas after he and his brother traveled there about four weeks before the brother died “of a cocaine overdose in October of 2004.”

Dec. 22: Statement from Ed Shadid about the media reports

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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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by Robby Trammell
Assistant Managing Editor
Robby Trammell is news director for The Oklahoman and During his 41-year career, he has received numerous reporting awards and civic honors. With The Oklahoman’s investigative team, he won a first-place spot news reporting award for...
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