ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson has accused his wife of nearly 24 years of bigamy, claiming in divorce papers that she was still married to another man when she wed the politician.
Grayson said in divorce papers filed last week that he was unaware his wife, Lolita, had another husband. Grayson claimed she secretly divorced the other man in 1994, and he is seeking to annul their marriage.
“During the course of their courtship between Mr. Grayson and Ms. Grayson, Ms. Grayson knew that she was legally married to another man and was not divorced or widowed,” the Democrat from central Florida said in papers filed at the Orange County Courthouse in Orlando. “She concealed the absence of divorce and falsely represented to Mr. Grayson that she was single … in order to induce him to marry her.”
A woman who answered the phone at the offices of Lolita Grayson’s attorney, Mercedes Wechsler, said on Tuesday the lawyer wouldn’t comment.
Earlier this year, Lolita Grayson accused her husband of pushing her during a confrontation at their home, but sheriff’s investigators found no probable cause to charge him with a crime. Alan Grayson’s court petition asks that he be awarded damages for defamation and slander, and that Lolita Grayson be found liable for battery.
The Graysons have five children, and the congressman is seeking parental responsibility for the four minor children. Alan Grayson is seeking exclusive use of their six-bedroom home and their seven vehicles, including a 1981 DeLorean.
Alan Grayson also asked for damages in the petition, claiming he suffered emotional distress and humiliation. He said in the filing that Lolita Grayson should return all property or money that he has given her during their marriage.