White nationalist leader Matthew Heimbach was charged with domestic battery after he got into an altercation with his wife and his alleged mistress’ husband, who happens to be his wife’s stepfather.
According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, Heimbach was arrested early Tuesday morning at his Paoli, Indiana home.
The bizarre drama unfolded around 1am when Heimbach’s wife and Matt Parrott, the spokesman for Heimbach’s Traditionalist Worker Party group, confronted Heimbach about him having an affair with Parrott’s wife.
Parrott is Heimbach’s father-in-law.
Matthew Heimbach, the leader of the white nationalist group the Traditionalist Worker Party, was arrested and charged with domestic battery
Police said Heimbach (center) got into an altercation with his wife and his father-in-law Matt Parrott for having an affair with Parrott’s wife
Parrott (pictured) told police that Heimbach has been having an affair with his wife for three months. Parrott confronted Heimbach over the affair and claims he was then attacked
Police said Parrott, 36, called 911 from a Walmart near his home to report that Heimbach attacked him. He said the 26-year-old leader of the Traditionalist Worker Party threw him down on the ground and ‘choked (him) out’.
‘He grabbed and injured my hand after I poked his chest then choked me out with his arm,’ Parrott told police. ‘Then he chased me to my home and did it again.’
Parrott (pictured) is the stepfather of Heimbach’s wife
According to a police report, Parrott accused Heimbach of having an affair with his wife for three months. Both Heimbach and Parrott’s wife said the fling had ended.
Following that confrontation, police said Heimbach and his wife got into a dispute. In the police report, the responding officer stated that Heimbach and his wife were heard arguing followed by sounds of a ‘scuffle’.
The wife told police that Heimbach pushed her on the bed in front of their two children. She also said he kicked a wall and grabbed her face.
Heimbach, who pleaded guilty last to disorderly conduct for assaulting a protestor at a 2016 campaign event for president Donald Trump, was arrested and charged wit domestic battery.
He was released after posting his $1,000 bond.
Parrott, who learned of the affair only a few days ago, announced that he was leaving the Traditionalist Worker Party following his confrontation with Heimbach.
Tuesday’s arrest isn’t the first time Heimbach has gotten in trouble with the law. Last year, he pleaded guilty to assaulting a protestor at a 2016 Trump campaign. Heimbach is pictured above fighting with a protestor at a March 5, 2018 rally in Lansing, Michigan
Heimbach is pictured above with his arms around a man’s neck at Michigan State University where he and other alt-right advocates were attending a speech by white nationalist Richard Spencer on March 5, 2018
Parrott, who was the spokesman for the Traditionalist Worker Party, announced he was quitting following his confrontation with Heimbach (center)
‘I’m done. I’m out,’ he told the Southern Poverty Law Center. ‘SPLC has won. Matt Parrott is out of the game. Y’all have a nice life.’
Days before the drama unfolded, Parrott posted a message on the alt-right media platform Gab saying he was distancing himself from the Traditionalist Worker Party.
‘I have attempted to be a positive, uplifting, and unifying voice in the nationalist cause. At a certain point, even the most stubborn man must hold himself accountable to the fruit of his labor,’ he wrote on March 9. ‘My focus from here on out will be exclusively infrastructure and logistics.’
Heimbach started the Traditionalist Worker Party with his father-in-law, Parrott, in 2013. The group, according to its Facebook page, focuses on the interests of white Americans who ‘for decades have been abandoned by the System and actively attacked by globalists and traitorous politicians’.
Heimbach married Parrott’s stepdaughter in 2015.