Hear wife’s 911 call that led to Edsel Ford II’s arrest – USA TODAY
DETROIT — In a 911 call that would trigger a family scandal, Edsel Ford II’s wife remained calm as she told a dispatcher that her husband had too much to drink, was mad at her and grabbed her arm to get her cell phone.
Ford, member of the Ford Motor board of directors and the great-grandson of founder Henry Ford, was arrested, but the Grosse Pointe Farms, Mich., city prosecutor declined to charge the 67-year-old with domestic violence for the incident at their Lakeshore Drive home.
According to the 911 recording, here’s what Cynthia Ford said in that July 4 call:
“Hi, this is Mrs. Edsel Ford and my husband is abusing me.”
“How is he abusing you?,” the dispatcher asked.
“He’s pressing my arms, and he’s clearly had too much to drink,” Cynthia Ford said. “He’s mad at me.”
On July 5, Cynthia Ford released a statement through the family attorney, saying she wanted to clarify the situation and asking for privacy.
“Contrary to reports, this is not a case of domestic violence,” the statement said. “I stand behind true victims of domestic violence and I am not one of them.”
According to a police report, when officers arrived at the home, Cynthia Ford reported that she and her husband had been out drinking earlier in the night. At home, she told police, “he became agitated so she grabbed her phone and began to record his behavior.” She told police that he grabbed onto her arms and took the phone away, according to the report.
The report says Cynthia Ford tried to get her phone back from her husband, “and as she grabbed for her phone, which (was) in his pants pocket, she ripped his trousers.”
In the 9-1-1 call, she can be heard telling her husband to give her back her phone and saying he could “be on a wife abuse list” and “they’re going to take you away.”
She also told the dispatcher: “It’s really him wrestling my arm to get my cell phone.” She also said that “he’s going to be Edsel Ford and tell the police that he’s a good man,” according to the recording.
Edsel Ford II told police he took his wife’s phone because “she was going to call, I don’t know” and, when asked, said “I would not allow her to have her phone,” according to the report.
Police asked Ford whether he had been physical with his wife and Ford said “yes, we both were being physical with each other, but I did not hit her.”