Alan Grayson seeks annulment, saying his wife was wed to another man
When U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson married his wife, she was already wed to another man, according to a new court filing by the congressman’s lawyers, seeking an annulment on the basis of bigamy.
In new court paperwork filed in the couple’s divorce case last week, days before their 24th anniversary, Grayson, D-Florida, accuses Lolita Grayson of fraud, unjust enrichment and misrepresentation, among other claims.
He’s also suing for defamation, the new document states, stemming from a disturbance at their home in March. Lolita Grayson accused her husband of shoving her, but later dropped her petition for a domestic injunction.
Lolita Grayson's attorneys did not immediately respond to a call or emails seeking comment on Tuesday.
Alan Grayson's new filing, a counter-petition to her January divorce filing, states that when he met Lolita Grayson in 1985, she "represented herself as single in order to induce Mr. Grayson to marry her."
The paperwork refers to the couple's union as a "bigamous marriage." Lolita Grayson filed a false application for their marriage license, it says, asserting that she had been divorced since 1981.
"Unbeknownst to Mr. Grayson," the filing adds, "Ms. Grayson was married and remained married to another man... up to and after the parties conducted an apparent marriage ceremony on April 28, 1990."
Several years after marrying Alan Grayson, Lolita Grayson "secretly participated" in a divorce from her prior husband, a man named Robert Carson, in Broward County, Fla., the documents state.
Attached to the congressman's counter-petition was a document dated March 7, 1994, purported to be a final divorce judgment. It lists Lolita Carson as the respondent, and Robert Carson as the petitioner.
Alan Grayson's counter-petition argues that his marriage to Lolita Grayson led to her "unjust enrichment," and that he has suffered "humiliation, emotional distress and financial damages."
The congressman's filing asks Circuit Judge Bob LeBlanc to annul their marriage, order Lolita Grayson to "make an accounting of all of the money and property she has received" and establish a trust, "providing for their return to Mr. Grayson."
The new court paperwork also accuses Lolita Grayson of defamation, libel, slander and abuse of process, stemming from a March 1 confrontation at their home near Windermere.