Rep. Grayson says video shows he didn’t push wife
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A video released by lawyers for U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson on Wednesday shows his estranged wife shoving him in front of their house but doesn’t reveal the congressman slamming his wife against a door as she claims.
The video was released just days after Lolita Grayson was granted a restraining order against the Democratic congressman from Orlando. She alleges that Grayson pushed her against the front door of their home last Saturday when he stopped by the house.
The video shot by a staffer for the congressman shows Lolita Grayson walking from a red minivan parked in front of their home, pointing her finger and shouting. The video then cuts to the congressman and his wife arguing at the front door to the house. It then shows Lolita Grayson pushing her hand at her estranged husband’s face. Alan Grayson was at the house to visit his children.
The Orange County Sheriff’s Office is investigating. Neither Grayson nor his wife have been arrested or charged with any crime.
Lolita Grayson’s divorce attorney, Terry Young, didn’t return a phone call seeking comment.
Grayson’s wife filed for divorce in January. On Wednesday, she asked a judge to enter a default judgment, claiming Grayson had failed to respond to her petition in a timely manner.
The Graysons have been married for 23 years and have five children. The one adult child, Skye Grayson, supported her father’s account in an email provided by Grayson’s attorneys.
Lolita Grayson had asked to split custody of the younger children with her estranged husband provided she had a majority of the timesharing. She also was seeking temporary child and spousal support as well as exclusive use of their house during the dissolution of the marriage.