Congressman Grayson seeks reversal after accusing wife of bigamy

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A Florida congressman’s already ugly divorce took a bizarre turn after he said in court papers he had never been married to his wife in 24 years.

In papers filed last week in Orange County’s 9th Circuit Court and released Tuesday by his attorneys, Rep. Alan Grayson, D-Fla., accuses Lolita Grayson of having yet to be married to another man when they married in 1990.

Lolita Grayson filed for divorce in January, but Alan Grayson’s petition last week seeks an annulment – arguing there was never a legal marriage in the first place.

Rep. Alan Grayson, D-Fla., has often cited his two-decade interracial marriage when advocating for the legalization of same-sex marriage and broader benefits for families.Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call via Getty Images fi

Lawyers for Alan Grayson, who did not respond to requests for comment on Tuesday, supported the charge with Florida court records showing that Lolita Grayson sought and obtained a judgment dissolving her marriage to a man named Robert. Carson in March 1994 – four years after she married Alan Grayson.

“Unbeknownst to Mr. Grayson, Lolita Grayson was still married to another man and was neither divorced nor widowed,” according to the congresswoman’s filing, which accuses Lolita Grayson of “presenting herself as celibate in order to to induce Mr. Grayson to marry”. his.”

The filing says that due to the ‘bigamous’ nature of their union, Alan Grayson should be awarded custody of their five children and Lolita Grayson should be ordered to repay him ‘all the money and property she has. received” during their “alleged” marriage.

The divorce was already a public spectacle before the congressman – who has fiercely advocated liberal policies on family issues and same-sex marriage, pointing to his own interracial marriage as a model of an unorthodox union – filed these new charges.

In March, Lolita Grayson accused the congresswoman of assault for allegedly pushing her to the ground during a confrontation. Alan Grayson then posted a cellphone video appearing to show that it was in fact his wife who pushed him. The sheriff’s office declined to press charges.

The congressman also seeks legal fees from Lolita Grayson in connection with this incident, accusing her of defamation and slander.

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