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Minnesota Democrat Keith Ellison Denies He Abused Ex-Girlfriend

Allegations surfaced Saturday against lawmaker running for state AG

Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn., has denied that he was emotionally and physically abusive to an ex-girlfriend. The accusations were made just days before a primary vote that will decide who will be the Democratic Party’s candidate for Minnesota attorney general.  (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Minnesota Democrat Keith Ellison has denied that he was abusive to an ex-girlfriend. The accusations surfaced just days a primary vote on Tuesday that will decide whether he becomes his party's pick to run for state attorney general.

Ellison confirmed that he’d had a long-term relationship with Minneapolis resident Karen Monahan in a statement on Sunday, while denying the accusations. 

Her 25-year-old son, Aslim Monahan, wrote on Facebook on Saturday that he’d clicked on a file while was trying to download something on his mother’s computer in 2017 and “found  over 100 text and twitters messages and video almost 2 min long that showed Keith Ellison dragging my mama off the bed by her feet, screaming and calling her a “f---ing bitch” and telling her to get the f--- out of his house.”

Aslim Monahan wrote that his mother said nothing happened “until I told her I saw a video and hell of a lot of messages saying something different.” 

Ellison issued this statement on Sunday:

“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.” 

Several hours after her son’s Facebook post,  Karen Monahan also weighed in on social media.

“That was my son who posted and its true,” she tweeted. “He wouldn’t lie about his own mom.”

Ellison, an outspoken critic of President Donald Trump,  is a  six-term congressman and  serves as vice chairman of the Democratic National Committee. He reportedly decided to run for Minnesota attorney general in part to be in a good position to oppose the president’s policies. 

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