Attorneys for Congressman Alan Grayson provided a video of an incident betweenhim and his wife that is being investigated by the Orange County Sheriff'sOffice as a possible domestic violence case.
The video was shot by a Juan Lopez, a stafferfor the Congressman. Lopez says he was asked to be there by Congressman Graysonin case there was some kind of trouble, and that he started recording on hiscellphone once there was an indication of a problem.
The video was edited by lawyers for AlanGrayson and had no sound. In that video, you see Lolita Grayson yelling at herestranged husband. She moves toward the front door of the home, and thenreaches toward Alan Grayson. You cannot definitively see whether or not shestrikes the Congressman, but his Attorney Mark Nejame believes that is what isseen.
"And there is the uppercut, right there, right there. Play that back,"said Nejame, as he described the video.
Nejame said the video disproves Lolita Grayson's account of what happened in aninjunction she filed in Orange County Court this week.
She claims she was pushed to the ground andbruised by Grayson, something you do not see in the video. Nejame also saysMrs. Grayson does not appear to be disheveled like she had fallen down.
"When you saw what appeared to be a right uppercut to him, you saw himback away," he said. "You saw no hands outstretched; you saw nothing offensivein any way shape or form."
We were not shown what happened prior to that video though. Juan Lopezdescribed what Congressman Grayson says after that alleged slap or punch.
"Stop. You're crazy. You're nuts. Those were the three things that weresaid," Lopez said. "At no moment in time did congressmen Grayson enter thehouse."
Lopez says this is not the first time he hasseen a domestic dispute between the couple, but he says this is the second timehe has seen Mrs. Grayson be the aggressor. The first happened in January.
"She grabbed his arm. He pulled away.She grabbed his arm. He pulled away again and immediately said 'Let go'."
The couple filed for divorce in January. Alan Grayson's Divorce AttorneyRichard West says they did not want all of this in the media, but felt they hadno choice.
"We believe that domestic matters are private, should remain private andshould not be tried in the press, but we have to give you the truth before thestory gets out of control," West said.
Fox 35 has also seen the 58 seconds of the recording that was not released tothe media. It had the children walking in and out of the camera's view, so thelawyers decided not to provide it to the public.
During that portion of the recording,neither Congressman Grayson nor Mrs. Grayson acted violently.
The couple's oldest daughter, 18-year-old Skye Grayson gave the followingstatement to Congressman Grayson's attorneys:
"On Saturday, March 1, 2014, around 4:00 p.m., I was at my home when myfather came to the house to see my brothers, sisters and me. I had told mymother that my father was coming over, and she rushed to put my siblings in thevan to take them away from the house before my father arrived.
When my father arrived, my mother became very angry and started yellingprofanities at my father. She was being very aggressive and confrontational.
When my father went to the front door to pick up the mail, my mother chargedthe front door and yelled to my father that she would not allow him to enterthe house. She ran to the front door and put herself between the door and my father.She continued to yell at my father, pushed him and slapped him in the face. Atno time did my father hit or push my mother. In fact, my father backed awayfrom my mother when she became physically aggressive."
We have reached out on multiple occasions to the attorney for Lolita Grayson,but he did not respond. Mrs. Grayson, herself, did not want to comment when wereached her.
The Orange County Sheriff's Office tells usthey have the video and are conducting an on-going investigation that they hopeto wrap up quickly.