Wife Accuses Rep. Grayson of Domestic Violence
Florida Democrat denies he shoved Lolita Grayson during dispute
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Mar 5, 2014 1:52 AM CST
Rep. Alan Grayson, D-Fla. listens during a hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington.    (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

(Newser) – Things have gotten pretty ugly in Rep. Alan Grayson's divorce from his wife of 24 years. Lolita Grayson has been granted a temporary protective order against the Florida Democrat, whom she accuses of shoving her against a door, and causing her to fall to the ground during a dispute, reports the Orlando Sentinel. Her petition alleges that the dispute happened after he came to her house unannounced and refused to leave, and that he has a "history of physical violence" against her and their two children. Photos filed with the petition show large bruises on her leg and shoulder.

Grayson wasn't arrested and isn't currently facing any criminal charges, the Sentinel reports. His office announced earlier this year that the couple had separated. In a statement sent to USA Today and other outlets, a Grayson spokeswoman says the allegations "are absolutely false, completely unfounded, and clearly designed to vilify and harm" the congressman. It was Lolita Grayson, the spokeswoman says, "who physically attacked the congressman as he attempted to visit with his children."