Rep. Alan Grayson Accused Of Domestic ViolenceBy: Tobias Roth - March 5, 2014
In yet another case of the personal life of a congressman making headlines for the wrong reasons, Representative Alan Grayson has been accused of injuring his wife in a domestic dispute. Grayson is a democratic congressman from Florida.
Alan Grayson’s wife has accused him of shoving her and injuring her over the weekend, although the congressman has denied the allegations. Through his spokesperson, he has said that her accusation is an “outright lie,” and it seems as though she may just be trying to draw negative attention to her estranged husband.
The alleged incident occurred less than 2 months after his wife, Lolita, filed for divorce. They had been married for 24 years, but his wife said that their marriage was “irretrievably broken.”
The two of them are no longer living together, and she says that he came over unannounced wanting to talk to her, and resulted to using physical force shortly after.
Lauren Doney, the spokesperson for Alan Grayson, said that “Witnesses reject Lolita Grayson’s story and that it was Ms. Grayson who physically attacked the Congressman as he attempted to visit with his children. He did not respond to Ms. Grayson’s violent assault.”
However, according to his wife’s side of the story, she says that after she refused to speak to him, and gave him his mail, the Congressman “then deliberately and with force pushed [Lolita Grayson] very hard against the front door, causing [her] to fall to the ground as a result.” Along with her statement, she delivered photos that showed large bruises to her left leg and left shoulder.
Lolita Grayson did admit that she had pushed her husband’s face in addition to kneeing him in the stomach, which she says was “in order to protect and defend herself.” Doney further mentioned that since filing for divorce, Grayson’s wife has become increasingly erratic, and has shown a disconnect from reality.
Despite the accusations by his wife being denied, a judge has granted a temporary protective injunction against U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson. The Sheriff’s office document that was released revealed that Lolita Grayson was the victim in the incident, and the offense is listed as domestic-violence battery.
Alan Grayson represents Florida’s 9th Congressional District, an area that covers much of eastern Orange County, Osceola County, and a sliver of Polk County. He was not arrested after the incident, and is not currently facing any criminal charges.
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