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Ellison defends against abuse allegations during AG debate

The issue was raised during his debate against Republican Doug Wardlow.

Friday night's Minnesota Attorney General debate inevitably turned to the domestic abuse allegations against Keith Ellison, the Democratic candidate for the job.

About 26 minutes into the debate against his opponent, Republican Doug Wardlow, Twin Cities PBS moderators brought up the accusations from Ellison's former girlfriend, who says Ellison subjected her to "pure hell" through physical and verbal abuse during their relationship.

Ellison, currently a U.S. congressman, stood firm in his denials during an at-times intense grilling:

"They're not true, I've said that they're not true, I've answered questions... to make these points clear," Ellison said of the allegations from Karen Monahan.

The two severed their relationship in 2016, and her accusations surfaced shortly before the Democratic primary earlier this year.

The situation is currently the subject of an investigation by the Democratic Party, with a DFL spokesman telling BMTN this week that the probe is expected to wrap up "relatively soon."

Ellison also denied claims regarding another previous relationship dating back to 2005, pointing out that he ultimately won a restraining order against the accuser for harassment. 

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