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Karen Monahan feared retribution from ex-boyfriend Keith Ellison

September 20, 2018

A 2017 medical document released Wednesday by Karen Monahan said she feared “retribution” if she revealed her allegations of abuse against her former boyfriend, Democratic Rep. Keith Ellison.

Ms. Monahan posted the Minnesota clinic’s write-up from her visit to corroborate her accusations of physical and emotional abuse, which she made public in August and which Mr. Ellison has denied.

“When I post this, it gets deleted every time,” she tweeted.

The document from the Park Nicollet clinic dated Nov. 28, 2017, said she was being treated for anemia and that she attributed it to the stress from her relationship with Mr. Ellison, which he has said ended in 2016.

“She states that she was in a very stressful environment for years, emotional and physical abuse by a partner with whom she is now separated,” said the clinic’s progress notes. “She did not have any physical injuries that required a physical examination in the past.”

The medical report continued, “She identifies the individual she was involved with as congressmen [sic] Ellison, and she is worried about retribution if she identifies him publicly.”

The release came after she tweeted Monday that she had provided medical records to the Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party, which began investigating the charges last month.

Mr. Ellison, who is giving up his congressional seat to run for Minnesota attorney general, issued a statement last month confirming the relationship but denying that he abused Ms. Monahan, a Sierra Club organizer.

Democrats have stood behind Mr. Ellison, who serves as deputy DNC chairman, since she accused him last month of physical and emotional abuse during their two-year relationship.

The Democratic National Committee said initially it was “reviewing” the allegations, but DNC chairman Tom Perez later said he had deferred to the Minnesota DFL.

The allegations emerged after Ms. Monahan’s son, Austin Monahan, said in an Aug. 11 Facebook post that Mr. Ellison had put his mother through “pure hell” and said he had discovered a video of the congressman dragging his mother from bed and screaming at her.

Mr. Ellison has denied that the video exists, and Ms. Monahan has said she will not release the video.

“Karen and I were in a long-term relationship which ended in 2016, and I still care deeply for her well-being. This video does not exist because I never behaved in this way, and any characterization otherwise is false,” Mr. Ellison said in his Aug. 12 statement.

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