ABC’s “20/20”: No evidence to support Sandra Grazzini-Rucki’s claims of abuse

ABC’s “20/20” found no documentation to verify Sandra Grazzini-Rucki’s claim that she was physically abused by David Rucki.

During Friday’s episode of ABC’s “20/20”, Sandra Grazzini-Rucki repeated statements she has made in the past that she was physically abused by David Rucki during their marriage.

Grazzini-Rucki said she had “photos and police reports” to prove her allegations of abuse. Elizabeth Vargas from ABC’s “20/20” asked both Grazzin-Rucki and her attorney, Michelle MacDonald, for any documentation of abuse.

Below is a partial transcript of the exchange with Vargas, Grazzini-Rucki, and MacDonald.

Elizabeth Vargas questions Sandra Grazzini-Rucki and Michelle MacDonald about claims of abuse. Source: 20/20
Vargas: I’m asking for any of the documentation that you assured us existed to corroborate what you’re telling us — and we can find none of it.
Grazzini-Rucki: But it does exist — it really does exist.
Vargas: Where is it?
Grazzini-Rucki: It was with my attorney.
Michelle MacDonald, Grazzini-Rucki’s attorney, struggles to answer a question about evidence of abuse. Source: 20/20
Vargas: [Points to MacDonald]: You don’t have any of those records?
MacDonald: There in boxes.
Vargas: But do you have them? Do you know what’s in those boxes?
MacDonald: Um, I, I, the other attorney gave me the police reports…
Grazzini-Rucki: [Speaking to MacDonald] You have all the police reports, you have everything. You have everything.
MacDonald: [Speaking to Vargas] and I will turn them over to you.
Grazzini-Rucki: [Speaking to MacDonald] You have everything.
Vargas: So we head to Michelle MacDonald’s law office for an appointment with those boxes.
Michelle MacDonald shows the boxes of files in her office for Sandra Grazzini-Rucki’s case. Source: 20/20
MacDonald: Ok, so here they are. This is basically Sandra Grazzini-Rucki’s divorce case.
20/20 searches for documentation to verify Sandra’s claims of abuse — they found none. Source: 20/20
Vargas: We spend hours there, scouring through thousands of documents and in more than 20 boxes, we did not find a single piece of paper or photo to prove that any physical abuse happened.
So we reached out to the Lakeville police department, and they have no record of every being contacted by Sandra about abuse during her marriage.
Lisa Elliot, who serves as David Rucki’s attorney, speaks about the claims of abuse by Sandra. Source: 20/20

David Rucki’s attorney, Lisa Elliot, provided final comments on the lack of any documentation of physical abuse.

Elliot: Sandra certainly has never been afraid to contact the police — ever. If there were instances of David being threatening or violent, there would be police reports of it — there are none.

Earlier today, 20/20 released the following statement via Facebook about Sandra’s allegation of abuse:

IN RESPONSE TO FRIDAY’S ‪#‎ABC2020‬ BROADCAST: The police reports that have been posted refer to alleged incidents after Sandra filed for divorce. 20/20 obtained all of these police reports from the Lakeville Police months ago and carefully reviewed them, prior to our visit to Michelle MacDonald’s office. As we stated in our report on Friday night, Lakeville police has “no record of ever being contacted by Sandra about abuse during her marriage.” In our interview with Sandra Grazzini-Rucki , she repeatedly claimed there were photographs and police reports from before she filed for divorce to prove her allegations of physical abuse. To this date, neither she nor the Lakeville Police department have produced documentation to support those claims. As we stated in our report, after filing for divorce, Sandra “gets an order of protection against David, and then calls police on him at least 20 times.” He was charged with violating the order of protection for contacting Sandra’s neighbor, but none of her allegations of abuse resulted in any charges.