04/29/2014 03:41 pm ET Updated Apr 29, 2014

Alan Grayson Reportedly Seeks Annulment, Says Wife Was Already Married When They Wed

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WASHINGTON -- Rep. Alan Grayson (D-Fla.) is seeking an annulment of his 24-year marriage on the grounds that his wife was already married when they wed, the Orlando Sentinel reported Tuesday.

Grayson accuses Lolita Grayson of bigamy in new court paperwork filed in their ongoing divorce case. According to the Orlando Sentinel, the documents state that Lolita Grayson "represented herself as single in order to induce Mr. Grayson to marry her." Years later, the documents say, she "secretly participated" in a divorce from her prior husband, who is named as Robert Carson of Broward County.

The court documents reveal Grayson is also charging his wife with defamation, libel and slander for accusing him of shoving her during a confrontation at their home in March. A video surfaced shortly after that incident in which she was shown as the aggressor, and she dropped the charges.

Grayson is reportedly seeking at least $15,000 in damages, in addition to punitive damages.

The Huffington Post asked Grayson about the charges on Tuesday afternoon as he walked into the House chamber for votes. He punted the matter to his lawyer.

"Gotta talk to the attorneys," he said.



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