Congressman denies accusation of assaulting wife
March 5th, 2014
10:40 AM ET
9 years ago

Congressman denies accusation of assaulting wife

(CNN) - Rep. Alan Grayson strongly denied an accusation that he assaulted and injured his wife, his office said in a statement.

"These allegations are absolutely false, completely unfounded, and clearly designed to vilify and harm Congressman Grayson," said Lauren Doney, a spokesperson for the Florida Democrat.

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The Orlando Sentinel reported Tuesday that a judge granted a temporary protective injunction against Grayson after his wife, Lolita, filed a complaint, saying he shoved and injured her over the weekend.

Grayson's office said witnesses who saw the incident "also reject Ms. Grayson's version of events as an outright lie," adding that it was Lolita Grayson who attacked her husband, not the opposite. "He did not respond to Ms. Grayson's violent assault," the statement continued.

Lolita Grayson, who's been married to Alan Grayson for almost 24 years, filed for divorce less than two months ago, according to the Sentinel.

"Since filing for divorce, Ms. Grayson's behavior has become increasingly erratic, and she has demonstrated an alarming disconnect from reality," read the statement from his office.

According to her complaint, Lolita Grayson said her husband pushed her "very hard against the front door" causing her to fall to the ground, the Sentinel reported. In self defense, she said she pushed him in the face and kneed him the stomach, according to the newspaper.

The congressman was not arrested after the encounter and is not facing any charges, the Sentinel reported.

Grayson, who's known for making controversial statements in the past, was first elected to Congress in 2008 but lost his 2010 re-election bid. He ran again in 2012 and won.

CNN's Deirdre Walsh and Ashley Killough contributed to this report.

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soundoff (78 Responses)
  1. jerry2286

    You can tell he is a Democrat because CNN conveniently forgets to mention his party affiliation.

    March 5, 2014 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  2. mcwreiole

    Hey Alan, How's that Democratic "War on Women" strategy working out for you?

    March 5, 2014 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  3. VJ

    Alan Grayson is the best congressmen with only truthfulness when he speaks... He won't work for corporate donors, he actually work for the people... I hope he will get over with this issue...

    March 5, 2014 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
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