Records from a 2005 911 call reveal that Rep. Keith Ellison allegedly abused yet another woman, though the story has been swept under the rug by Minnesota’s media.
In early August, Ellison, who vacated his safe seat in Congress to run for Minnesota’s attorney general, faced new accusations from his ex-girlfriend Karen Monahan that the former congressman forcibly dragged her off a bed while shouting obscenities. Monahan claims there is video of the incident, but has yet to release any evidence.
A similar story dating back to 2005 started to resurface on social media after Monahan came forward, though this time there was hard evidence. Police records reveal that an “Ellison/Keith/BM/41” was reported in 2005 for assaulting a woman. Ellison was born in 1963, which would mean he was 41 in 2005.
The woman who allegedly made the call, Amy Alexander, later related her experiences with Ellison in a 2006 article for The Wright County Republican, whose publisher told The Conservative Tribune that none of the local newspapers wanted to interview her.
“In May, Keith wanted to try and quiet me so he came to my home uninvited. We had words. His anger kicked in. He berated me. He grabbed me and pushed me out of the way. I was terrified. I called the police,” she wrote, saying she has “never been so scared.”
Alexander, who met Ellison through her work with the Democratic-Farmer-Labor (DFL) Party, goes on to apologize for becoming romantically involved with the congressman, who was married at the time.
When Alexander attempted to “stand up to” Ellison, he began a “smear campaign” against her by publicly speaking about her “post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, and panic attacks.”
“Ellison is a man on a quest for power and national prominence; a man with deep ties to some pretty scary people. I feared for my life and for the safety of my daughter,” Alexander continues, noting that Ellison’s people had “preemptively distributed information to the press suggesting” that she was “insane.”
Ellison eventually filed a restraining order against Alexander in an attempt to “ban [her] from public places” and “prohibit” her from “the Urban League and the State Office Building.” Alexander responded by filing a harassment restraining order of her own, but it was denied.
“No one gains anything in the battle for dignity and respect by passively endorsing abuse,” her 2005 article concludes. “Not now. Not ever.”