Finding himself in an unexpected tight race after being accused of domestic abuse by a former girlfriend, Rep. Keith Ellison lost a court battle on Tuesday to delay the release of his divorce records.
Ellison, deputy chair of the Democratic National Committee, is running for attorney general in Minnesota — the state hasn’t elected a Republican attorney general since 1966 — and with the election just weeks away, and he and his ex-wife were fighting the release of their divorce records to allow time to redact “confidential information,” according to Fox News.
Kim Ellison says in press conference that she is the one, not Keith, that wants to keep the divorce record sealed because it contains medical records about her depression and mental health following MS diagnosis. pic.twitter.com/TrMQamloV4
— Jessie Van Berkel (@jessvanb) October 16, 2018
Kim Ellison, who was married to the Democrat politician for 25 years, is reportedly looking to avoid public scrutiny for depression and a multiple sclerosis diagnosis, which is part of the divorce records.
She told reporters there was never “any abuse of any kind in our relationship,” Fox News reported.
“It’s not fair that my life’s work should be reduced to the two years that I suffered a mental illness,” Kim Ellison said.
The Minneapolis Star Tribune and Alpha News sued to unseal Ellison’s divorce record, arguing that it’s a matter of public interest since he’s running for the top law enforcement position in the state.
Ellison’s former girlfriend, Karen Monahan, accused him of emotional and physical abuse, to include an alleged incident where he tried to drag her off a bed by her feet in 2016 — she claims to have video, but hasn’t released it.
It would appear, according to Monahan, that Ellison is particularly concerned about the video.
Last night, Keith Ellison ran into one of my friends. He asked her if they were still friends and wanted to know if she saw the video.
— Karen Monahan (@KarenMonahan01) October 16, 2018
She said her relationship with Ellison, the first Muslim to be elected to Congress, was marked by infidelity and dishonesty.
And while the Democratic Party is eager to “believe survivors,” as was seen during the Brett Kavanaugh confirmation process, the allegations against Ellison have effectively been neutralized after a state party investigation concluded that they could not be substantiated.
In the face of this effort, Monahan recently hired a new attorney, Andrew Parker to represent her and he appeared on Fox News’ “Tucker Carlson Tonight” to discuss his client’s allegations and the Democratic Party’s questionable actions.
As for Ellison, unlike Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, he feels he’s entitled to due process, as he carefully walks a #MeToo tightrope.
“The #MeToo movement is a justice movement, and I don’t ever want to be counted among those who in some way tried to dissuade victims from coming forward,” he told the New York Times. “But I think the #MeToo movement has room for due process. Every social justice movement must.”
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