The ex-girlfriend of Minnesota congressman and top Democratic party official Keith Ellison has accused him of abusing her during their relationship. Ellison, who is leaving his House seat to seek the position of attorney general in his home state, has denied the domestic violence allegations made by Karen Monahan.
Monahan, a 44-year-old environmental organizer who dated Ellison, 55, from some point after his 2012 divorce and until 2016, confirmed accusations made against the congressman Saturday in a Facebook post by her son, Austin Monahan. In the post, Austin Monahan accused Ellison of putting his mother through “pure hell” during their relationship and said he found video of Ellison screaming and abusing Karen Monahan during an argument.
Ellison, who is also the deputy chairman of the Democratic National Committee, issued a statement on Sunday, saying, “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.”
After Ellison released his statement, Monahan tweeted support for her son’s claims, writing Sunday afternoon, “What my son said is true. Every statement he made was true. …(Keith Ellison) you know you did that to me. I have given every opportunity to get help and heal. Even now, u r willing to say my son is lying and have me continue to leak more text and info just so others will believe him for you to get help and heal. Told u that would be what I would could consider a Just ending to this hell my family and I have been through. I said that the night before u announced ur run 4 AG.”
Ellison’s primary opponents have also spoken out about the accusations, calling for a response from Ellison and an investigation. The primary is scheduled for Tuesday. Ellison is facing four opponents for the Democratic nomination and he remained in the race as of Sunday night. A father of four, Ellison is in his sixth term in Congress and was named deputy chairman of the DNC in 2017. The party’s chairman, Tom Perez, has not commented about the accusations.
Ellison’s ex-wife, Kim Ellison, said in a statement, “We may be divorced, but we are still a family. I want members of our community to know that the behavior described does not match the character of the Keith I know.”
Here’s what you need to know about Karen Monahan and her accusations:
1. Monahan’s Son Says a Video He Found on Her Computer Shows Ellison ‘Dragging’ Her off a ‘Bed by Her Feet’ & Calling Her a ‘F*cking Bitch’
A screenshot of a tweet posted by Keith Ellison in 2016 showing Karen Monahan and her son, Austin Monahan.
Karen Monahan’s son, Austin Aslim Monahan, wrote a Facebook post on Saturday, tagging Ellison, his opponents in the Democratic attorney general primary and members of the Minnesota media, which led to Ellison’s statement about the accusations.
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