Tuesday, May 22, 2018
Politics

Florida Rep. Alan Grayson seeks annulment, accuses wife of bigamy

ORLANDO — 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-Orlando, 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.

Lolita Grayson filed a petition for a restraining order after the incident, alleging that Alan Grayson "deliberately and with force pushed" her against their front door, "causing (her) to fall to the ground as a result."

However, Alan Grayson's attorneys later released video which they said proved Lolita Grayson was the aggressor. The Orange County Sheriff's Office declined to make an arrest, and Lolita Grayson has since dropped her petition.

"Mr. Grayson has suffered, and will continue to suffer, harm proximately caused by Ms. Grayson's defamatory, slanderous and libelous conduct, including but not limited to mental anguish and harm to reputation," the new filing says.

The court paperwork indicates Alan Grayson is seeking damages in excess of $15,000 on several of the counts alleged in his counter-petition, as well as punitive damages.

Lolita Grayson filed for divorce in January, saying their marriage "is irretrievably broken." She sought joint but primary custody of their four minor children, as well as their marital home, alimony and child support.

In his counter-petition, Alan Grayson seeks parental responsibility for the children and the exclusive use of the family's home.

Comments
‘World’s most expensive Witch Hunt’: Trump lashes out at New York Times, Democrats

‘World’s most expensive Witch Hunt’: Trump lashes out at New York Times, Democrats

WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump lashed out Sunday at "the World’s most expensive Witch Hunt," trashing a new report in the New York Times that said an emissary representing the governments of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates offered help...
Published: 05/20/18
Obama’s education secretary: Let’s boycott school until gun laws change

Obama’s education secretary: Let’s boycott school until gun laws change

Former Education Secretary Arne Duncan pushed a radical idea on Twitter: Parents should pull their children out of school until elected officials pass stricter gun control laws.His tweet came hours after a shooting rampage at a Houston-area high scho...
Published: 05/20/18
China offers to buy more US products to reduce trade imbalance

China offers to buy more US products to reduce trade imbalance

WASHINGTON - China offered to boost its annual purchases of U.S. products by "at least $200 billion" Friday as two days of talks aimed at averting an open breach between the two countries ended in Washington, a top White House adviser said.Larry Kudl...
Published: 05/19/18
Hillsborough candidate falsified contract for fund-raising gospel concert, lawsuit says

Hillsborough candidate falsified contract for fund-raising gospel concert, lawsuit says

TAMPA — A concert organizer is accusing Hillsborough County Commission candidate Elvis Piggott of falsifying a contract and prompting the headline act to pull out of a gospel show.In a lawsuit filed in Hillsborough Circuit Court, Corey Curry claims h...
Published: 05/18/18
Gina Haspel confirmed as CIA chief despite scrutiny of her role in interrogation program

Gina Haspel confirmed as CIA chief despite scrutiny of her role in interrogation program

WASHINGTON - The Senate voted Thursday to confirm Gina Haspel as the next CIA director after several Democrats were persuaded to support her despite lingering concerns about her role in the brutal interrogation of suspected terrorists captured after ...
Published: 05/17/18
GOP pushes for speedy confirmation vote for CIA nominee

GOP pushes for speedy confirmation vote for CIA nominee

WASHINGTON — Republicans are pushing for a speedy confirmation vote as early as Thursday after the Senate intelligence committee endorsed President Donald Trump’s CIA nominee Gina Haspel to lead the spy agency. But opponents concerned about Haspel’s ...
Published: 05/16/18
Gina Haspel, Trump’s pick to lead CIA, wins support of Senate Intelligence Committee

Gina Haspel, Trump’s pick to lead CIA, wins support of Senate Intelligence Committee

WASHINGTON - The Senate Intelligence Committee moved Wednesday to recommend Gina Haspel for CIA director, setting up a floor vote that her opponents say will signal to the world whether the United States condemns or condones torture.The committee vot...
Published: 05/16/18
Carlton: Time for Hillsborough’s Uncle Tom Road to go — but artfully.

Carlton: Time for Hillsborough’s Uncle Tom Road to go — but artfully.

In Hillsborough County — where one of the world’s largest Confederate flags still flies near a busy interstate — you may not be surprised to learn there’s an Uncle Tom Road.The name is a flash point and a slur, shorthand for a black person who will d...
Published: 05/16/18
Clearwater Vice Mayor Doreen Caudell drops out of Pinellas Commission race

Clearwater Vice Mayor Doreen Caudell drops out of Pinellas Commission race

With six months to go before the Nov. 6 election, Clearwater Vice Mayor Doreen Caudell on Monday dropped her bid against Pinellas County Commissioner Pat Gerard for the at-large District 2 seat.Caudell said she decided she’d better be better suited f...
Published: 05/14/18
Romano: Hey Gov. Scott, could you hire me, too?

Romano: Hey Gov. Scott, could you hire me, too?

To: The Honorable Gov. Rick ScottDear Governor,It has come to my attention that your administration has recently made some, dare I say, innovative hires for important government positions in the months before you leave office.At the risk of sounding ...
Published: 05/14/18