Karen Monahan, Keith Ellison's Ex-Girlfriend, Speaks Out Amid Abuse Allegations

Karen Monahan, the ex-girlfriend of Democratic Representative Keith Ellison, has spoken out following domestic abuse allegations leveled against the deputy head of the Democratic National Committee.

In a Facebook post, Monahan’s son alleged that he saw footage of Ellison dragging his mother off a bed and screaming at her. He also said he'd found over 100 messages and a video.

“I didn’t want to mention the video or the texts,” Monahan told ThinkProgress on Monday. “I’m not here to prove to anyone. I’m just here to share my story.”

Monahan said she suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder that “dang near took my life at the end.” She added that she stood by her son, and, in a tweet, said: “Every statement he made was true.”

The aforementioned video has not been shared publicly. Monahan said she did not want the video released and described it as “embarrassing” and “traumatizing,” according to CNN.

Ellison, in a statement, denied allegations of abuse.

“Karen and I were in a long-term relationship which ended in 2016,” Ellison said, according to the statement obtained by the Star Tribune. “I still deeply care for her well-being. This video does not exist because I never behaved in this way, and any characterization otherwise is false.”

Via ThinkProgress, Monahan spoke directly to Ellison.

“You know this is true,” she said. “You know what you did.”

Ellison is running as the Democratic nominee in the race for Minnesota’s attorney general. Primary elections are set for Tuesday.

“People can vote for whoever they feel is the best candidate based on their values,” Monahan told CNN on Monday. “This has nothing to do with that. Me sharing my story has nothing to do with the primary election. It is never a good time for a survivor to share their story. If I waited a week later, it would become an issue between a Democrat and Republican.”

 

GettyImages-656185920 Representative Keith Ellison outside the Capitol in Washington, D.C., on March 21, 2017. Win McNamee/Getty Images