Gov. Paul LePage says he offered former aid David Sorensen his old job back after he was forced to resign as a White House speechwriter following accusations of domestic violence. Sorensen resigned in early February after his ex-wife Jessica Corbett told news outlets that he had run her foot over with his car, grabbed her by the hair while in a boat off the coast, thrown her into a wall, put a cigarette out on her hand, left her stranded in airports, cut off her credit cards and drained her bank account. Corbett initially detailed Sorensen’s behavior to the FBI when investigators approached her while conducting a background check on Sorensen last fall.

“I will say that his ex-wife tried to say that we knew something about it, which I will tell you I knew nothing about it,” LePage told right-wing radio host Howie Carr on March 9. “My relationship with those two was very amicable. I’d never seen anything off color. I’d never seen anything that she was accusing him of. And after this came out, I noticed she was in my daughter’s wedding so I asked my daughter and her friends about it and they all disagreed with her so I offered him his job back. I told him if he wants to come back he’s got his job.”

The governor said Sorensen refused his offer because he has a lease in Washington DC and doesn’t want to “go backwards” in his career. Prior to taking a job as a speechwriter under Trump policy advisor Stephen Miller, Sorensen previously served as the communications director for the Maine Republican Party and the Department of Health and Human Services as well as Gov. LePage’s chief health policy advisor. In a tweet, Sorensen thanked the governor for showing “courage.” Sorensen has appeared on several TV and radio shows denying the charges and accused Corbett of abusing him. Sorensen also claims Corbett has mental health and substance abuse problems and is opposed to Trump. In late February, Sorensen used his former Maine Republican Party account to send a video of him taking a polygraph test in which he denies the allegations to the Maine GOP’s email list. In a tweet, Corbett stood by her previous statements.

“This is why many women decide that silence is better than taking the risk of speaking up about abuse,” she wrote, “— especially when there is so much to lose not only personally, but professionally.”