Fresno State professor’s ex-husband responds to controversy, concerned for son’s safety

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Randa Jarrar’s ex-husband says he’s disgusted by her tweets on Barbara Bush. They also share a son together.

Orie Cipollaro says his ex-wife and his son have received death threats. He wants those to stop. He says he’s definitely upset at Jarrar for her controversial tweets but he’s not shocked either.

Cipollaro says he had to sit down as he prepared to read controversial tweets from his ex-wife. Randa Jarrar calling the former First Lady an amazing racist just an hour after it was announced Barbara Bush had passed away. 

“I’m shocked. I don’t condone it. It’s terrible. It’s disgusting. But I’m not surprised,” said Cipollaro.

Cipollaro says Jarrar grew up in a strict Muslim household. Her bio says she was born in Chicago but grew up in Kuwait and Egypt before moving back to the U.S. after the Gulf War. 

“The United States has afforded her and her family everything. I don’t understand where this hatred comes from,” said Cipollaro.

It was more than 20 years ago when Cipollaro says he started dating Jarrar in New York. She was 18 when they got married and had a baby but the marriage lasted just two years. Cipollaro says Jarrar wrote negatively about him in her book “A Map of Home”.

“She’s written things about myself and my family that have complete fabrications and lies that I had to swallow in the past and let go because I wanted to have a relationship with my son,” said Cipollaro.

Eyewitness News went to Jarrar’s house to get her side of the story. Her dog sitter says she’s out of the country and he didn’t want to be interviewed. Cipollaro remembers his ex-wife calling herself the smartest person in the room. He says she’s always been outspoken but feels these tweets were toxic.

“I’m hearing that what she said was a joke. I didn’t get the punch line, let’s put it that way. It looks like the rest of the United States didn’t either. I’m almost in tears right now,” said Cipollaro. 

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