by News Wire Contributor on 01/05/14 at 6:12 am
Orlando, FL – (satireworld.com)
When U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson married his wife, she was already wedded to another man, according to a new court filing by the congressman’s lawyers, seeking an annulment on the basis of bigamy.
Grayson, (Douchebag-Orlando), also accuses Lolita Grayson of defamation, for accusing him of battering her at their home in March, according paperwork filed in their divorce last week, days before their 24th anniversary.
Alan Grayson’s new filing, a counterpetition to Lolita Grayson’s January divorce filing, states that when he met Lolita Grayson in 1985, she “represented herself as single in order to induce Mr. Grayson to marry her.”
The paperwork refers to the couple’s union as a “bigamous marriage.” In her application for their marriage license, Lolita Grayson claimed she had been divorced since 1981, her husband says.
“Unbeknownst to Mr. Grayson,” the filing adds, “Ms. Grayson was married and remained married to another man … up to and after the parties conducted an apparent marriage ceremony on April 28, 1990. The marriage was held at the now defunct Circus World amusement park located in west Osceola county, Florida.”
Several years later, Lolita Grayson “secretly participated” in a divorce from her prior husband, a man named Robert Carson, in Broward County, the documents state.
Attached to the congressman’s counterpetition was a final divorce judgment dated March 7, 1994. It lists Lolita Carson as the respondent, and Robert Carson as the petitioner.
A woman who answered the phone at the law office of Mercedes Wechsler, Lolita Grayson’s attorney, on Tuesday would not comment “at this time.”
Alan Grayson’s divorce lawyer, Richard West, said in an interview Tuesday that he discovered the marriage overlap when the paperwork surfaced in a background check.
“It’s not common,” West said. “I’ve been doing this kind of work almost 35 years, and this is only the third time it has come up.”
The congressman’s filing asks Circuit Judge Bob LeBlanc for an annulment, a court order declaring their marriage invalid.
Alan Grayson also asks the judge to order Lolita Grayson to “make an accounting of all of the money and property she has received” and establish a trust, “providing for their return to Mr. Grayson.”
The new court filing also accuses Lolita Grayson of defamation, libel, slander and abuse of process, stemming from a March 1 confrontation at their home near Windermere.
Lolita Grayson filed a petition for a restraining order after the incident, alleging Alan Grayson “deliberately and with force pushed” her against a door, “causing [her] to fall to the ground.”
However, Alan Grayson’s attorneys later released video which they said contradicted Lolita Grayson’s allegations. She has since dropped her petition, and the Orange County Sheriff’s Office decided against making an arrest.
“Mr. Grayson has suffered, and will continue to suffer, harm proximately caused by Ms. Grayson’s … conduct, including but not limited to mental anguish and harm to reputation,” the new filing says.
West said he had already confronted Lolita Grayson and her lawyers about the bigamy issue during divorce negotiations, before the domestic incident.
“Now we know why she acted in such a vengeful and spiteful way,” he said.
Alan Grayson is suing for damages in excess of $15,000 on several counts alleged in his counterpetition, as well as punitive damages for defamation.
Lolita Grayson filed for divorce in January, saying their marriage “is irretrievably broken.” She sought joint but primary custody of their four minor children, as well as their marital home, alimony and child support.
Alan Grayson is seeking parental responsibility for the children and the exclusive use of the family’s home, their seven cars — including a 1981 DeLorean — and attorneys’ fees.
In a separate motion, Grayson asked to be allowed to return to the family’s home to collect an array of property, ranging from personal financial documents to a marble table, a king-sized bed and a piano.
Alan Grayson, often described as a liberal firebrand, represents Florida’s 9th Congressional District, covering much of eastern Orange County, Osceola County and a sliver of Polk. He is seeking re-election this year.
Susan MacManus, a University of South Florida political scientist, said voters’ views of Grayson are likely already polarized, lessening the impact of his increasingly bitter divorce.
Grayson’s aggressive approach to the divorce comes as no surprise, she said: “The all-out attack is very consistent with his reputation. … He has a reputation for pulling out all the stops and going for broke.”