ORLANDO, Fla. (CBS Tampa/AP) — U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson’s wife has accused him of pushing her during an argument over the weekend, but he claims the allegations are a lie.
The Orange County Sheriff’s Office confirmed Tuesday that it was investigating a reported domestic violence incident between Grayson and his wife, Lolita, but no charges have been filed.
Grayson’s office released a statement denying his wife’s accusations. Grayson says he never touched his wife, even after she physically attacked him.
The allegations “are absolutely false, completely unfounded, and clearly designed to vilify and harm Congressman Grayson,” Lauren Doney, Grayson’s press secretary, told the Orlando Sentinel in a statement.
Grayson’s wife filed for divorce in January, and the central Florida Democrat claims he was attempting to visit his children when the incident occurred.
According to the petition the Sentinel received, Lolita Grayson claims that the House Democrat “pushed [her] very hard against the front door, causing [her] to fall to the ground as a result.” She also claims that Grayson has previously “battered” her and their children.
Photos from the incident allegedly show her suffering large bruises on her left leg and left shoulder.
Alan Grayson’s office said in a statement that his wife has been acting “increasingly erratic.”
Lolita Grayson filed for divorce in January and is seeking joint, but primary, custody of their four children.
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