Lawyers representing Rep. Alan Grayson (D-FL) on Wednesday released a video showing part of the congressman’s weekend altercation with his estranged wife.
According to The Orlando Sentinel, Grayson’s lawyers said the video proved that Lolita Carson-Grayson committed an attack outside the couple’s Orlando home on Saturday.
“He was hoping that this matter would stay in the courts and outside of the press, but since horrendous accusations have been made against him … he believes that the truth must come out,” Grayson’s attorney, Mark NeJame, told reporters a press conference.
Earlier this week, a Florida judge granted Carson-Grayson custody of the couple’s children, and barred contact by her husband. In a court filing, Carson-Grayson, who recently filed for divorce, described an altercation where Grayson “deliberately and with force pushed [her] very hard against the front door, causing [her] to fall to the ground as a result.” The Orange County Sheriff’s Office is conducting a domestic violence investigation. Grayson, who has not been arrested or charged in connection to the incident, has denied shoving his wife.
The video released Wednesday was recorded by Juan Lopez, Grayson’s director of constituent services. Earlier in the week, Lopez issued a statement saying he had witnessed the incident and that Grayson had “remained in a defensive posture and at no point in time did he lay a hand on [Carson-Grayson].”
The video, obtained by the Sentinel, does not include sound, and does not keep the couple in the frame the entire time. Grayson’s attorneys on Wednesday also gave reporters a statement from the couple’s adult daughter — the same daughter who was arrested in November for allegedly pushing her mother during an argument.
“At no time did my father hit or push my mother,” Skye Grayson, 18, said in the statement. “In fact, my father backed away from my mother when she became physically aggressive.”
Watch the video: