Karen Monahan speaks out on Ellison abuse allegation

"I followed my gut" in coming forward, she tells CBS News

Sloane Martin
August 17, 2018 - 5:50 am

The woman who accused Rep. Keith Ellison of abuse when they were dating speaks on camera for the first time since the allegations surfaced to CBS News.

Karen Monahan's son's Facebook post days before the primary election detailed a video he saw showing the DFL attorney general candidate dragging his mother off a bed by her feet. She says it started when Ellison asked her to take out the garbage.

"And he looked at me and goes, 'hey, you (expletive) hear me?' And then he looked at me, he goes, '(expletive), get the (expletive) out of my house,' and he started to drag me off the bed. That's when I put my camera on to video him," she said.

Monahan tells CBS News video of the alleged incident is in a storage locker, but she won't release because it's too traumatic for her and that her words should be enough to be believed. Ellison strongly denies the incident.

Monahan also explained why she came forward.

"I followed my gut," she said. "The gut that I kept trying to push down for a year and a half."

DFL party leaders say there are still questions Ellison needs to answer.

"The DFL party takes any allegation of domestiv abuse seriously," state party chair Ken Martin said. "It's a fluid situation. It's still developing. We believe that Keith Ellison should answer the questions that have been posed to him and he should address those questions head-on."

"I think we'd all like to know the truth," Gov. Mark Dayton said. "The trouble is it's hard to find the truth in the midst of 'yes' and 'no.'"

Ellison still needs the endorsement of the DFL central committee after winning the primary. That group meets Saturday in Cambridge.

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