Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn., a leading candidate to be the state’s next attorney general, on Sunday denied allegations that he abused an ex-girlfriend, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
The woman’s son posted on Facebook Saturday night that the abuse was caught on video, but Ellison said no such recording exists “because I never behaved in this way, and any characterization otherwise is false.
“Karen and I were in a relationship which ended in 2016, and I still care deeply for her well-being,” he said in a statement.
The Minneapolis Star Tribune reported that Austin Aslim Monahan said he watched a video on his mother’s computer of Ellison dragging her off a bed as he screamed profanities at her.
Karen Monahan confirmed her son’s account on Twitter, according to the Hill.
What my son said is true. Every statement he made was true.@keithellison, 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
— Karen Monahan (@KarenMonahan01) August 12, 2018
Ellison, a six-term congressman, announced in June his plans to step down from Congress and run for attorney general. He faces four other Democrats in a primary on Tuesday to determine the party’s nominee for AG.
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