The former wife of Congressman Alan Grayson, D-FL, called police multiple times and got medical help for alleged abuse during the couple's rocky 25-year marriage, according to reports obtained by Politico. The congressman, pictured here in 2009 with his children, denied the allegations. He is currently running for the U.S. Senate. Photo by UPI Photo/Roger L. Wollenberg | License Photo
WASHINGTON, July 26 (UPI) -- The ex-wife of Florida Democratic congressman Alan Grayson filed multiple police reports of domestic abuse over their rocky 25-year marriage, according to documents obtained by Politico.
Lolita Grayson called police four times and got medical help twice. The congressman also threatened to kill her once, according to the police report.
Grayson, who is running for the U.S. Senate, denies the allegations and said ex-wife Lolita battered him in 2014. Their marriage was annulled last year, but Lolita is appealing. A lawyer for the congressman said the reports were real, but didn't tell the whole story.
"This is more of the same nonsense and untrue allegations that we've heard for years," said the congressman's attorney Mark NeJame.
One of the Grayson's children gave a statement in 2014 denying his father hit or pushed her mother.
Two high-profile liberal groups withdrew their endorsements for Grayson in the primary after learning of the accusations.
Democracy for America and the Progressive Change Campaign Committee made a joint statement, saying "After today's revelations of years of police reports about allegations of domestic abuse involving Alan Grayson, we are no longer willing to support and are formally withdrawing our endorsement of him in the race for U.S. Senate," Charles Chamberlain, executive director of Democracy for America, and PCCC co-founders Stephanie Taylor and Adam Green, said in the statement. "Unfortunately, this deeply disappointing revelation means progressives have no great options in the Florida race for Senate."
Grayson is facing Rep. Patrick Murphy in the Aug. 30 primary. The winner will face incumbent GOP Senator Marco Rubio.