Rep. Alan Grayson (D-Fla.) has asked for a marriage annulment after alleging his estranged wife was already married at the time of the couple's wedding more than two decades ago.
In a counter to his wife's January divorce filing, Grayson’s attorney asked a judge to establish a trust over all assets he transferred to his wife "providing for their return," among other things, according to reports.
The congressman’s office acknowledged in January the couple was separated after his wife, Lolita, filed for divorce.
The documents filed last week but reported Tuesday claim Grayson's wife was already married when the couple's “purported marriage" took place in 1990. It was only in 1993 and 1994 that his wife sought to dissolve her previous marriage without Grayson's knowledge, according to the filing.
Grayson's lawyer told the Orlando Sentinel the previous marriage was discovered while doing a background check, describing it as uncommon.
Grayson's lawyers also accused Lolita Grayson of defamation, slander and libel and asked the judge to award damages. In March, she received a restraining order against the congressman after alleging he pushed her against a door during an incident at the former couple’s home.
She eventually dropped a temporary restraining order. At the time, Grayson's office said it hoped the filing put to bed any of his wife's “efforts to misrepresent and exploit the family’s private affairs."
In the filing last week, Grayson asked the judge to find his wife liable for the battery.