Keith Ellison’s abuse accuser Karen Monahan is back on Facebook and has a full statement out
Karen Monahan, the woman who over the weekend publicly accused U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison of domestic abuse while they were living together, has issued a statement that includes further details of an alleged 2016 incident that Ellison denies ever happened.
“He came into the room I was sleeping in,” her statement reads, in part (with profanities redacted). “I was laying across the bed with my headphones on, listening to podcast on my phone. He said he was about to leave town for the weekend and told me to take the trash out. Given the explosive outrage that occurred the night before, I just should shook my head yes. I didn’t look up at him or saying anything. That is when he tried to drag me off the bed by my legs and feet, screaming . . . "you answer when I am talking to you. I said take out the trash, your a bad guest (even though we were living in the same place). He kept trying to drag me off the bed, . . . . He had to leave and get on the plane. He knocked the shoe off my foot and told me I better be gone when he gets back (which was in two days). This happened in 2016.”
Monahan’s adult son, Austin, on Saturday night posted publicly on Facebook he had seen a video recording showing a similar (presumably the same) alleged incident on his mother’s computer in 2017. Monahan backed up his post on Twitter. No video has been produced publicly . . .
Monahan said she never reported the incident to police and said being dragged off the bed was the only time Ellison got physical with her during their three-year relationship.
. . . . “What do survivors have to do to finally be heard and believed? Should we all have body cameras on at all times, so we are prepared?” Monahan posted on Twitter.
She told MPR News that she would not be posting the video for many reasons, including that it’s traumatizing, humiliating and sets an expectation that abuse survivors must prove their stories.
Monahan also told MPR she met with Ellison before he filed to run for attorney general and during their conversation he asked to see the alleged video, but she did not show it to him. . . .