Judge Grants Restraining Order Against Congressman

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Tuesday, 04 Mar 2014 09:34 PM

By Todd Beamon

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A Florida judge has granted a temporary restraining order against Democratic Rep. Alan Grayson after a domestic dispute with his wife over the weekend, says a complaint obtained by the Orlando Sentinel.

Grayson, 55, and his wife of 24 years, Lolita, are divorcing, the Sentinel reports. They have five children. Lolita Grayson filed to end the marriage in January.

In her complaint, Lolita Grayson says the congressman "deliberately and with force pushed [Lolita Grayson] very hard against the front door, causing [her] to fall to the ground as a result" when he appeared at the home where she and the children live and asked to speak to her inside."

The Orange County Sheriff's Office told the Sentinel that it was "currently conducting a domestic violence investigation, which is open and active at this point."

Grayson was not arrested or charged, the Sentinel reports.

Lauren Doney, the congressman's press secretary, said the allegations were "absolutely false, completely unfounded, and clearly designed to vilify and harm Congressman Grayson."

"Congressman Grayson firmly denies Ms. Grayson's frivolous accusations," Doney said. "Sadly, it was Ms. Grayson who physically attacked the congressman as he attempted to visit with his children.

"He did not respond to Ms. Grayson's violent assault," Doney said.

The Orange County circuit judge issued an order Monday granting Lolita Grayson temporary custody of the couple's children and possession of the home. He also barred contact by her husband, the Sentinel reports.

Judges typically grant temporary orders in domestic-violence cases until both parties appear in court, the newspaper reports. The court date is set for March 20.

First elected in 2008, Grayson lost re-election in 2010 and then was re-elected in 2012 after redistricting.

He is seeking re-election in November, squaring off against Republican challengers and an independent, the Sentinel reports.

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