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Ellison denies abuse allegations

Former girlfriend says her son's accusations are true

August 13, 2018 - 4:49 am
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MINNEAPOLIS (AP/WCCO) - An ex-girlfriend of U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison has accused the Minnesota Democrat of emotional and physical abuse.

Ellison says it never happened.

The allegations come days before Democratic voters choose between Ellison and other candidates in a Tuesday primary for attorney general.

Here is a statement released by Ellison on Sunday concerning the accusations involving Karen Monahan:

"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.” 

From Ellison's Twitter account, here is a photo of Ellison and Monahan taken in 2016:

The allegations surfaced Saturday night from Monahan after her son alleged in a Facebook post that he had seen messages from Ellison threatening her and video of the congressman screaming obscenities at her as he dragged her off a bed by her feet.

Monahan said via Twitter that what her son posted was "true."

DFL-endorsed candidate Matt Pelikan told WCCO-TV he believes Monahan.

“I think we have to believe allegations that come forward. The saying ‘We believe women’ means that we support women and we need to give all allegations a fair hearing … the woman in question here has a long history in progressive circles. The focus should be on listening to her,” Pelikan said.

Ellison announced plans to run for attorney general following the DFL's nominating convention.

Among those defending the congressman is his ex-wife. Here is the statement from Kim Ellison:

“I want members of our community to know that the behavior described does not match the character of the Keith I know. Keith has inspired many, and I think it’s fair for people to want answers to the claims they’ve heard. I’ll be putting my faith in my experience with Keith.”

Monahan, who's from Minneapolis, did not respond to a request from The Associated Press asking for copies of the video or text messages.

She did submit a lengthy statement to WCCO television.

Ellison says the video does not exist and denies behaving that way.