Keith Ellison's ex-wife urging divorce records be kept sealed

“I didn’t feel the need to put that it was confidential because it was going into a sealed file.”

Edgar Linares
October 16, 2018 - 5:32 pm

(Photo by Renee Jones Schneider/Minneapolis Star Tribune/TNS/Sipa USA)


Congressman Keith Ellison's and ex-wife Kim Ellison are trying to stop divorce records from going public saying they contain sensitive medical and mental health information.

“Keith is fighting to keep the file sealed, because I don’t want them unsealed,” said Kim Ellison at a press conference Tuesday.

Last week, a Hennepin County family court referee approved releasing the 2012 file after two news outlets filed a lawsuit to have them open. The lawsuit followed allegations from the Congressman’s ex-girlfriend that he abused her physically and verbally during their 2016 relationship.

“What Alpha News and the Star Tribune are looking for is not in there,” said Ms. Ellison. “There was never any abuse in our marriage and there’s nothing in our files to say there was.”

She revealed to reporters on Tuesday that she suffered from depression for a few years after being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.

“The file contains details about my depression,” said Ms. Ellison. “It’s a shame that a judge finds it okay to exploit somebody’s mental illness. And it’s unconscionable that Alpha News and the Star Tribune want to use it to influence the outcome of an election.”

Congressman Keith Ellison is vying for the Attorney General’s seat and is facing Republican Doug Wardlow.

Ms. Ellison, who serves on the Minneapolis School Board, said it’s unfair her four children have to relieve one of the most difficult times in their lives when their mother suffered from depression and their parents got divorced.

“I didn’t feel the need to put that it was confidential because it was going into a sealed file,” said Ms. Ellison. “If I had known it would not be sealed then the papers may have been submitted differently. So we have asked to afford the chance to go back.”

An attorney representing Keith Ellison has asked for some information to be redacted and an appeal has been filed to keep the records from going public.