Pacific Pundit: Is Sherrod Brown a wife beater? According to divorce filing in the 1980’s from his ex-wife Larke Recchie, he is. She filed for divorce on the grounds of gross neglect of duty and extreme cruelty. In 1989, a judge granted a seven-count restraining order against Ohio Democrat Sherrod Brown. Recchie accused Brown of violating the order and said he “pushed me up against the wall with his arms in order to pass and entered the house.” Brown for his part his denied all allegations of abuse.