ORLANDO, Fla.—A day before she alleged that her estranged husband had pushed her, the wife of U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson told a 911 dispatcher that he had not hurt her and that, in fact, she had pushed him because he was “disturbing my peace,” information released Friday by the Orange County Sheriff’s Office shows.
After reviewing the 911 call, statements by the couple’s oldest child, video recorded by an aide to the congressman and statements by Grayson and the aide, deputies concluded that Grayson did nothing wrong.
“Probable cause is not present in this case,” a sheriff’s report concludes.
“The Orange County Sheriff’s Department confirmed what we have known all along: Congressman Grayson did nothing wrong,” Grayson’s Office said in a statement. “We are relieved that this ridiculous ordeal is over, and that the congressman can continue to focus on taking care of his family and serving his constituents.”
But on Sunday, the day after the confrontation, Lolita Grayson — referred to in sheriff’s documents as Lolita Carson-Grayson — told emergency-room workers at Dr. P. Phillips Hospital that her husband had pushed her against a door at their Windermere-area home and bruised her left shoulder, a sheriff’s report states.
She cited the incident in her petition for a domestic-violence injunction, but she said she wanted to talk to her attorney before deciding whether to press charges.
Grayson was served with the injunction Friday at 1:15 p.m., the Sheriff’s Office said. A judge will decide whether to extend the protective order, make it permanent or dismiss it at a hearing scheduled for March 20.
At the hospital, Carson-Grayson, 53, told investigators that she and her husband of 24 years had been separated since December 2013. She claimed he had abused her physically and emotionally for years and had engaged in multiple extramarital affairs, but she never reported it because of his position and her embarrassment.
She sued him for divorce in January.
When deputies contacted Grayson Sunday, he said his wife was a liar and “crazy,” the report states.
“It’s caused tremendous embarrassment to the congressman and his family, and he’s very much pained over this,” said Grayson’s attorney, Mark NeJame of Orlando.
Carson-Grayson alleged that Grayson shoved her when he showed up unannounced at their home March 1 “demanding” to see their children when she was planning to take their 8-year-old twin boys — the youngest of their five kids — for a play date, according to the sheriff’s report.
Grayson told investigators he went to pick up his mail and some vitamins, the report states.
Their 18-year-old daughter, Skye Grayson, wrote an e-mail forwarded to investigators by her father’s attorney that her mother was the one who became physical when her father came to the house.
“She continued to yell at my father, pushed him and slapped him in the face,” Skye Grayson wrote. “At no time did my father hit or push my mother. In fact, my father backed away from my mother when she became physically aggressive.”
Cell phone video that Grayson’s attorneys released Wednesday shows Carson-Grayson pushing her husband twice near the door and him retreating.
The incident was recorded by the Democratic Orlando congressman’s director of constituent services, Juan Lopez, at Grayson’s request. He was afraid that his wife would “hit herself with a frying pan and blame me,” sheriff’s documents show.
On Thursday, prosecutors dropped a November domestic-battery case against Skye Grayson. She was arrested Nov. 26 after her mother alleged that she battered her and pulled a phone cord from a wall as Carson-Grayson tried to call 911,
Prosecutors last month decided not to file charges on a more serious charge stemming from the same event.
(Staff writer Mark K. Matthews contributed to this report.)
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