Rep. Keith Ellison Denies Domestic Abuse Accusations

Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) on Sunday denied that he assaulted an ex-girlfriend, as alleged by the woman’s son in a viral Facebook post a day earlier.

“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 to CBS Minnesota. “I never behaved this way, and any characterization otherwise is false.”

Karen Monahan’s son, Austin Monahan, wrote in a Facebook post on Saturday that his mom had “come out of pure hell after getting out of her relationship” with Ellison. Austin said that in mid-2017 he discovered a video, as well as dozens of text and Twitter messages between his mother and Ellison, that allegedly show the Minnesota lawmaker physically and verbally abusing her.

“My mom has always tried to protect me and my brother,” Austin wrote in the post. “She doesn’t have to protect us anymore and we aren’t letting her stand alone.”

Karen appeared to confirm her son’s allegations in a series of tweets on Sunday.

A representative for Ellison did not immediately respond to HuffPost’s request for comment.

Hours later, Karen tweeted alleged text messages she sent to Ellison on Dec. 22, 2017.

“The relationship changed my personality and so much over time,” Karen allegedly texted Ellison.

Elison is giving up his House seat to run for attorney general in Minnesota.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

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