WASHINGTON, D.C. — The woman who claims Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) physically and emotionally abused her says the Democratic Party “smeared, threatened [and] isolated” her after she went public with her allegations.
“I’ve been smeared, threatened, isolated from my own party,” Karen Monahan said in a statement posted to Twitter. “I provided medical records from 2017, stating on two different Dr. Visits, I told them about the abuse and who did it. My therapist released records stating I have been dealing and healing from the abuse.”
“Four people, including my supervisor at the time, stated that I came to them after and shared the exact story I shared publicly, I shared multiple text between me and Keith, where I discuss the abuse with him and much more,” Monahan’s statement, went on. “As I said before, I knew I wouldn’t be believed.”
Monahan says coming forward with her story represented a “huge piece of my healing” and included a photo of her grandchild with the caption: “My grandbaby deserves a world where human dignity is not a political tool for your parties interest. #metoo.”
Monahan’s allegations surfaced at the same time a woman claiming Brett Kavanaugh, Trump’s nominee for Supreme Court Justice, sexually assaulted her while attending a high school party more than 30 years ago.
Although Monahan tagged both the Democratic National Committee and the Minnesota Democratic–Farmer–Labor Party in her tweet, neither organization has responded to her allegations.
Ellison, who admits to once having a romantic relationship with his accuser, has denied Monahan’s accusations of domestic violence.