Over the course of two decades, Politico reports, Representative Alan Grayson’s ex-wife Lolita Grayson went to police with accusations of domestic abuse at least four times—twice in Virginia and twice in Florida In one instance, according to a police report, he threatened to kill her.
The Graysons’ tumultuous 25-year marriage ended in an annulment last year following bitter and protracted divorce proceedings, during which Representative Grayson referred to his now-ex-wife as a “gold digger” and a “bigamist.” In 2014, he accused her of battering him after he was served with a temporary protective injunction for allegedly beating her.
The first reported incident described by the documents was in 1994, the final one was in 2014. She also called Orange County sheriff’s deputies in 2005 to lodge another abuse complaint, but prosecutors filed no charges in that incident or any of the others. Only the 2014 incident has been previously reported.
“I want the people to know my story so they know what kind of man Alan Grayson really is,” Lolita Grayson, 56, said in an email to POLITICO, her first public comments on the issue. She provided police and medical records related to 1994 and 1999 incidents in Fairfax County in Virginia, and sheriff’s reports concerning 2005 and 2014 incidents in Orange County, Florida.
“I requested the medical records and police records so people could read what doctors and police officers wrote,” she stated. “I read many of these records for the first time. These are very painful memories and horrible experiences.”
In November 2005, during an argument over a babysitter, Lolita Grayson claimed Rep. Grayson pushed her against a wall. According to the police report, she told him “not to hit her and called him an ‘asshole.’” As she walked away, Grayson allegedly hit her on the back of the head and said, “I’m gonna kill you bitch.”
Grayson, an anti-corporate crusader who keeps tens of millions in off-shore accounts, was not in office for three of the four alleged incidents. In a statement issued through his lawyer, the Congressman denied his ex-wife’s allegations.
“Lolita is a disturbed woman. She has made one false allegation after another. Her own daughter refutes her,” his lawyer, Mark NeJame, told Politico. “There never has been a witness or any proof whatsoever of her claims. The claims have been so ridiculous that not one time has there even been enough probable cause to bring a charge or an arrest against Alan Grayson.”
Update – 1:16 pm
The Congressman is not having a great day.
Alan Grayson showed up at a Politico event in Philly...and then threatened to get a Politico reporter arrested pic.twitter.com/COUQX9GQss— Patrick Caldwell (@patcaldwell) July 26, 2016