The former longtime girlfriend of deceased Boston bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev claims they split up after three years when she called police over physical abuse.
Nadine Ascencao, 25, said the amateur boxer slapped her and beat her head against a car for wearing shorts back in 2009.
Ascencao of Cambridge, Mass., who knew Tsarnaev since high school, said he was her first love. He initially romanced her, but over time he became controlling and would call her names.
The couple had been to a pool party the day of the assault. Tsarnaev was enraged that she wore a tank top and shorts and confronted her outside their home.
“I was wearing denim shorts and he literally grabbed my jaw and he was telling me like ‘you are not going to wear this, do you understand what I am saying,’” she told Inside Edition, “and he kept pushing my head until I hit the car and it hurt and that made me really upset and he just slapped me across the face. But that right there just made me so furious.”
When she told Tsarnaev she would call police, she recalled him saying, “go ahead call the cops.”
She said Tsarnaev told the female officer who arrived, “I just gave her a little slap.”
He was handcuffed. Ascencao did not press charges, a decision she regrets today. “At the time I was young and really didn’t think it through.”
She also reported Tsarnaev once told her, “You know who runs America? The Jews run America.”
She claimed that during the three years they dated, Tsarneav was growing more and more religious.
"We stopped sleeping together, because he said it was a sin for us to sleep together," she said. "He started praying five times a day. Before, I would barely see him praying."
Hours after pictures of Tamerlan and his brother Dzhokhar were broadcast on TV as the prime suspects in the Boston bombing, the FBI raided Ascencao’s house.
Deborah Norville of Inside Edition asked her, "As a woman, how do you come to grips with the fact that you gave yourself to this man who proved to be a monster?"
Ascencao said, "I can't think about that. It drives me insane to think about that."
Tsarnaev died in a shootout with police on April 19, four days after he allegedly set off bombs at the Boston Marathon killing three people and injuring hundreds.