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No probable cause to charge Rep. Alan Grayson

  • Article by: MIKE SCHNEIDER
  • Associated Press
  • March 7, 2014 - 5:25 PM

ORLANDO, Fla. — U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson won't face any charges over a fight with his estranged wife, authorities in Florida said Friday.

Officials with the Orange County Sheriff's Office said that probable cause didn't exist to support the allegation by Grayson's wife that he had pushed her against the front door of their home. Grayson had denied the allegation.

A judge granted Lolita Grayson a restraining order against the Democratic congressman from Orlando earlier this week after she alleged that Grayson pushed her last Saturday when he stopped by the house.

Lolita Grayson filed for divorce in January. On Wednesday, she asked a judge to enter a default judgment, claiming Grayson had failed to respond to her petition in a timely manner.

Terry Young, an attorney for Lolita Grayson, didn't respond to a phone call or email.

Alan Grayson's attorneys released a video Wednesday that they said supported the congressman's account.

The video shot by a staffer for the congressman shows Lolita Grayson walking from a red minivan parked in front of their home, pointing her finger and shouting. The video then cuts to the congressman and his wife arguing at the front door to the house. It then shows Lolita Grayson pushing her hand at her estranged husband's face. Alan Grayson was at the house to visit his children.

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