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Tom Martino's Westword interview: Mistakes, non-violence and dirty laundry

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Tom Martino as seen in a 2010 video. More photos below.
Update: Yesterday, we reported about Troubleshooter Tom Martino pleading guilty to disturbing the peace for a domestic incident involving his wife, Holly, last December; see our previous coverage below.

After the piece was published, Martino conducted a wide-ranging interview with Westword, going into more detail than ever before about the aforementioned argument with Holly, as well as a slew of previous happenings -- some hinted at in public, many not. Along the way, he attempts to set the record straight on what he sees as mistakes he's made, his non-violent nature, his media persona and piles of dirty laundry.

Note at the outset that we've reached out to Holly Martino, from whom Tom is currently seeking a divorce, in order to get her side of the story. At this writing, she has not responded to our interview requests. When and if she gets back to us, we'll share her take in this space.

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A photo of Holly Martino on the links, from her Facebook page.
It's also important to point out that Martino disagrees with any characterization of his decision to plead guilty as a deal. In his view, that implies he entered the plea in exchange for something.

"Here are the facts," he says. "There were two charges: disturbing the peace and assault. And they dropped the assault charge, because I never assaulted her. But I pleaded to disturbing the peace, because it was just and true. I disturbed her peace."

Regarding the specifics of what happened in December, here's an excerpt from the Denver Police Department report:

On 12-20-13 around 2315 hours, in the area of Auraria Pkway and I-25, the suspect, Martino, Thomas 09-4-53, was driving...with the victim, Martino, Holly...sitting in the right front passenger seat. The suspect and the victim began arguing. While the vehicle was stopped at a unknown red light the victim opened the passenger door to get out of the vehicle. The suspect put his arm around the victim preventing her from exiting the vehicle. When the light turned green the suspect drove away and they continued arguing. The suspect then struck the victim in the face once with a closed fist causing a bloody nose. This disturbed the peace of the victim.
Martino's version of what he characterizes as a "foolish, stupid argument that should not have taken place" is considerably different.

Holly "was very intoxicated -- like, four or five times the legal limit -- and very agitated. I should have put her in a car and sent her home. I was stupid for trying to calm her down. But I never struck her. If you look at the police reports from that night, I never said I struck her, and she never said it, either."

What happened?

"I was struggling for a cell phone," he explains. "She was texting my producer, Mike [Bassett]. She was firing him, and it was Christmastime. When she gets drunk, she starts getting agitated, and she was angry: She hates Mike and said, 'I'm going to fire him.' And I said, 'You're not going to fire anyone at Christmas -- and besides, I'm off for ten days and he's filling in for me. We'll handle things after the first of the year.'"

He did: Bassett is no longer a Martino employee. But back to the story:

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Martino speaking at an Ohio Center for Broadcasting graduation in 2010.
"When she started texting, I grabbed the phone and got it away from her," Martino continues. "But she bit my hand and I reacted by pulling my hand away and she got a bloody nose. It went away when we home, but on the way, she kept grabbing for the wheel and trying to pull us over -- and then she opened the car door and tried to jump out of a moving car. And I was grabbing her to keep her in the car. So yes, we were fighting, but I never intended to hurt her, nor did I ever punch her in the face.

"When we got into our subdivision, she was so drunk, she started telling me she loves me -- but when we pulled into the house, she said, 'I'm going to ruin you. I'm going to let everyone know what you did and I'm going to ruin you.' And I said, 'Holly, if you really feel in danger, you should call someone. But nothing is going on. Let's go to sleep and we'll talk about it in the morning.'"

Instead, Martino goes on, "she called 911 and hung up -- but they called back. She told them nothing was wrong, but the guy said, 'I don't believe you,' and a cop showed up."

Continue for more of our interview with Tom Martino, followed by our previous coverage of his disturbing-the-peace guilty plea.



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Skye Cameron
Skye Cameron

The old 'She put her face in my fist, what was I supposed to do?' defense. I didn't know who did what, or care, till he went to Douchebag 101. He's not showing good parenting OR citizen skills.

Geoff Stevenson
Geoff Stevenson

Ton martino and Westword beef goes back a lot of years. Let it go already Michael

Ryan Jones
Ryan Jones

You guys are giving this guy way too much attention.

Clark Snyder
Clark Snyder

Wasteword cashes in on the sensational low life.

Patrick Layman
Patrick Layman

Tom Martino knows how to belt a wife across the face right the first time. It's on his referral list.

John Nelson
John Nelson

He's a jerk...made a living out of Black Balling small business in Denver...If you joined his network he would use his Bully Pulpit to promote you...If you didn't he would SLAM your business...he's an extortion expert..and a pathetic mouth piece

Janet Vigil
Janet Vigil

Noone cares..All this mud slinging produces what? Nothing good...

muhutdafuga
muhutdafuga topcommenter

Tom is just another Clearchannel liar for hire.

Retiree2010
Retiree2010

Jeez, he was interviewed on Channel 9, too. Is his management out to give us the 'New Tom Martino'?  In the CH 9 interview he brought up his born-again Christianity as part of the new package. Don't see it here, though. Guess his handlers decided to leave that out with this target audience. What a loser. 

Christine Moser
Christine Moser

Martino os a douche anyway. Plus he lies about his business reviews. As long as the company pays him, he will give them positive reviews.

Justin Luke Coleman
Justin Luke Coleman

He used to come into my old bar "tilted kilt" and the guy was always a super creepy douchebag

barslinger
barslinger

I'm glad you set the record straight.

Mike Sisk
Mike Sisk

He helped me get get money back from my mortgage company overcharging me. It's been years and I am still grateful .

yydtb
yydtb

Do you really believe anything Mr. Martino says? Lets not forget that Holly has her side of the story.  Lets see if Holly is permitted to share it. $$$ talk.  Martino says he is not an angry person so it must be everyone else!

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

So this douche didn't get the "smoking hot" trophy wife he bargained for, he got a smoking drunk alcoholic whore instead?


Karma baby!



Tim Hauger
Tim Hauger

I REPEAT FROM YESTERDAYS FUCKTARDED POST ABOUT THIS FUCKING DOUCHEBAG. FUCK YOU TOM MARTINO. I HOPE YOU GET RAPED BY A BEAR AND HOLLY FILMS IT.

Drew Fuelling
Drew Fuelling

The guy is a con artist, no troubleshooting needed.

Skye Cameron
Skye Cameron

He sounds like a man who can easily justify his bad behavior because he always gets a pass on it.

kahtiklife
kahtiklife

He wasn't charged with anything because he's rich and connected. Evidence of your oligarchy at work!

Laura Bruns
Laura Bruns

"you are who you surround yourself with"

Samantha Emerson
Samantha Emerson

"Here are the facts," he says. "There were two charges: disturbing the peace and assault. And they dropped the assault charge, because I never assaulted her. But I pleaded to disturbing the peace, because it was just and true. I disturbed her peace." Last I checked, punching someone in the face is assault. But more importantly, he was still driving drunk and NOT charged with a DUI.

Daniel J. King IV
Daniel J. King IV

As Martino continues to suck on the Clear Channel tit at his final broadcast outlet (KHOW) he'll never dare speak out against how JACOR/ClearChannel made him their little 'Bitch' and what a two-faced Punk he always has been, never standing by things or people he supported if Jacor/Clear Channel yanked his 'leash' as Martino felt compelled to Cover Up his duplicity in 1988 after Kenny Hamblin brought me on his KNUS 'Talk of the Rockies' Radio Show to talk about what Hamblin termed was how 'Tom Martino ran from the Oxy-Fuels Story'!

Daniel J. King IV
Daniel J. King IV

In 1987 Tom Martino welcomed me on his then KOA Trouble Shooter Show, thanking me for 'Exposing the Greatest RipOff the People of Colorado ever faced" (Roy Romer's Gravy Train of $$$$ from the Ethanol Lobby), but after Romer told Lee Larsen & KOA to silence my OXY-Fuel Ballot Initiative updates on Martino's Show, Martino turned on me, even bringing KUSA's Paula Woodward (a Butch 'Fidel' Montoya & DNC tool) on his show to malign me = showing everyone what a lying turncoat he was !!!

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

Tom Martini "We are dealing with our issues through professional Christian spiritual counseling"


Looks like Jesus decided DIVORCE was better for your battered "trophy" wife.


Time to open up that tattered wallet again, Troublemaker.



Pancho Garcia
Pancho Garcia

This self described trouble shooter is a trouble maker. He can't go a year without an arrest. How can anyone trust this chump? Even someone he. "Loves" is in danger.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

What's the value of an endorsement from the Tom Martini Wife-beater Network now?



Warren Cummings
Warren Cummings

Cindy Cummings read this. its pretty damn interesting i thought for sure tom martino would live forever comfortably thanks to CO news but not anymore i guess lol!!

Ben Lucero
Ben Lucero

makes you wounder if god really exists

FivePoints
FivePoints

So he fit right in at Tilted Kilt then ...

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Joyce Dempewolf Guthrie <== golddigging cougar on the prowl for new fortunes

muhutdafuga
muhutdafuga topcommenter

Like the worst president in modern history said, sincerity is everything,if you can fake that, you have it made.

muhutdafuga
muhutdafuga topcommenter

Wasn't there a prominent conservative (o'rilley) that wrote a book where a bear rape?

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

... he admitted during the initial incident that he FORCIBLY RESTRAINED and prevented his wife from leaving the vehicle while it was stopped at an intersection.


She was attempting to flee an escalating argument, and he physically restrained her from leaving, resulting in violence and harm to her, then continued to drive, intoxicated, with her in the vehicle.


That is KIDNAPPING / Unlawful Detention.

muhutdafuga
muhutdafuga topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay Looks like tommy was talking about the baby republican jeeeEEEeeezzzusssss, who commanded "Thou shalt lie to catapult the propaganda."

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@muhutdafuga ... wonder if he obtained his "professional christian spiritual counseling" from Rev. Ted Haggard?



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