Ellison Denies Domestic Abuse Allegations

August 13, 2018 05:35 AM

U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison, also a candidate for Minnesota attorney general, is denying allegations of domestic abuse made against him by an ex-girlfriend's son on social media.

On Facebook, Austin Aslim Monahan wrote he found a video on his mother's computer in 2017 that showed "Keith Ellison dragging my mama off the bed by her feet" and screaming profanities at her.

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"Karen and I were in a long-term relationship which ended in 2016, and I still care deeply for her well-being," Ellison said in a statement. "This video does not exist because I never behaved in this way, and any characterization otherwise is false."

The video Austin Monahan referenced has not yet surfaced. Karen Monahan told KSTP the video does exist, but she will not publicly release it.

"Nobody who has been victimized would want to show something to the public that is so painful," Monahan told 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS. "I'm not here to prove anything. I shared my story."

Monahan said Ellison was physically abusive with her one time, which is the incident allegedly captured on video, but he was mentally abusive throughout their relationship.

RELATED: Ellison Sets Sights on Attorney General Race, Setting Off Scramble by Candidates to Sign Up for His Seat

On Twitter, Karen Monahan backed her son's account.

"What my son said was true," a tweet from her account read. "Every statement he said was true."

Karen Monahan also posted screenshots she said were of texts between her and Ellison in December 2017 referencing alleged abuse. KSTP has seen those text messages in person.

"I've struggled with this for a long time, to keep it quiet," Monahan told 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS.

Austin Monahan's Facebook post also detailed finding "over 100 text and twitters messages" where Ellison would allegedly "bully her, and threaten her if she went public."

"There is a lot more he has done to my mom and others that we saw in the text," the post read, "but our mom can decide if and when she wants to tell the world that part."

5 EYEWITNESS NEWS asked Monahan why she is speaking up now, just days before the primary at a time that could affect the outcome of the race for attorney general.

"When is the right time?" she answered. "I don't think people should be questioned, 'Why now?' I think people should question, 'Why the abuse?'

"This is about domestic abuse and it just so happens to be that his title is an elected official. But to me, this is about breaking the silence."

Keith's ex-wife, Kim Ellison, released a statement Sunday.

"I want members of our community to know that the behavior described does not match the character of the Keith I know," she said.

"Keith has inspired many, and I think it's fair for people to want answers to the claims they've heard. I'll be putting my faith in my experience with Keith."

Karen Monahan's Twitter bio says she is an organizer at the Sierra Club working to raise awareness about narcissistic abuse.

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Anthony Brousseau & Katherine Johnson

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