In his divorce filing, Congressman Grayson, a Democrat from Orlando, alleges that his wife, Lolita Grayson, was married to another man and lied to him about being divorced when they tied the knot in 1990. Rep. Grayson asked that his marriage be annulled based on the fact that his wife is a bigamist.
During the course of the courtship between Mr. Grayson and Ms. Grayson, Ms. Grayson knew that she was legally married to another man and was not divorced or widowed,” Alan Grayson said in divorce documents, according to the New York Daily News. “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 few years after she married Rep. Grayson, Lolita secretly obtained a divorce from Robert Carson.
The overlap of Lolita’s marriage to Grayson and her divorce was discovered by the Congressman’s attorney who said in an interview the circumstances are unusual.
In the divorce filing, Rep. Grayson asked his estranged wife to “make an accounting of all of the money and property she has received” during the course of their marriage, and establish a trust, “providing for their return to Mr. Grayson.”
Grayson’s divorce filing also accuses Lolita of libel, defamation, slander and abuse of process related to a March 1st incident in which she accused him of domestic violence. Grayson and his attorney had already confronted Lolita about the bigamy prior to the altercation.
Lolita Grayson filed a petition for restraining order against Grayson after the couple had an argument in which she alleges he pushed her and caused her to fall to the ground. She withdrew the petition so police did not make an arrest, but the highly publicized incident has caused harm to Rep. Grayson’s reputation.
In his divorce petition Grayson sought $15,000 in damages on several counts related to the March incident and punitive damages.
Lolita Grayson filed for divorce in January saying their marriage was irretrievably broken and sought joint but primary custody of their four minor children, their marital home alimony and child support. But in his counter claim, Rep. Grayson asked for parental responsibility of the children, exclusive use of their marital home and their seven cars along with divorce attorney’s fees, the Orlando Sentinel reported.
Rep. Grayson, who has a reputation of being a tough and outspoken liberal, is seeking re-election this year and it is unlikely that his contentious divorce will have a negative effect on his campaign.
Typically annulments are hard to obtain, and requires that the person seeking annulment is able to prove a marriage was invalid. But in the case of bigamy, a divorce attorney will be more likely to successfully argue that a marriage was illegitimate and should be dissolved.