01/17/2012 06:55 pm ET Updated Mar 18, 2012

Ross Mirkarmi's Wife Recounts Pattern Of Domestic Abuse

San Francisco Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi's wife said in a videotaped account of his alleged New Year's Eve attack against her that he had manhandled her on an earlier occasion last year, and that the former city supervisor had warned her he could gain custody of their young son because he was "very powerful," court documents show.

Mirkarimi, 50, is awaiting arraignment Thursday on misdemeanor charges of domestic violence battery, child endangerment and witness intimidation, stemming from an incident that began after the couple left their Western Addition home for a New Year's Eve meal. Mirkarimi has denied the allegations.

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