Skip to main content

Judge orders Keith Ellison divorce file be unsealed

Two media outlets applied for the motion.

Details of the 2012 divorce between Keith Ellison and his ex-wife Kim will be unsealed, after a judge granted a motion made by two media outlets.

The Star Tribune and Alpha News MN sued last month for the release of the file, which had been sealed in 2012 on the agreement of both Ellisons.

On Friday, District Judge Patrick Robben agreed to open the divorce records, which will be made public on Tuesday.

Alpha News, a Minnesota-based conservative news and opinion site, reports that the judge agreed to a recommendation made by Family Referee Jason Hutchinson, who said the presumption of public access to the file "significantly outweighs" the Ellisons' private interests in keeping it sealed.

When the motion was first made, Kim Ellison told BMTN that "what these people are seeking simply is not contained in this file," stating she was disappointed that the Star Tribune in particular would make the motion.

Interest in the file has arisen because of the allegation of domestic abuse made by Keith Ellison's ex-girlfriend Karen Monahan. The pair were in a relationship after Ellison's divorce.

Follow Bring Me The News on Google News

But Kim Ellison has said on more than one occasion that her ex-husband has never abused her "in any way before, during or after our marriage."

The Star Tribune reports that the Ellisons argued the personal information contained in the file could present security concerns for both of them. 

But Hutchinson said that he could not find any such concerns, given that both Ellisons are public officials – Kim Ellison is a Minneapolis Board of Education member – many of whose details are already public as a result.

Next Up

covid

Mayo Clinic specialist: 'The omicron surge is not over'

Experts expect a rapid decline over the next month followed a period of calm.

police lights

Charges: Man in stolen Jeep leads police on 110 mph chase

He crashed into a light post near the Capitol and then fled on foot, the complaint says.

kua dog go fund me

Puppy in back of stolen Audi found, reunited with owner

The 4 1/2-month-old bullmastiff had been missing more than a week.

Fuzzy Gerdes Flickr Franks Diner Kenosha

WI's best 'hole-in-the-wall' diner is Guy Fieri-approved

Come for the "garbage pile," stay for ... even more breakfast food.

FKISmwPWUAYZJW6

Minnesota's pre-pro women's soccer team unveils name, logo

The new name and look was unveiled after community owners voted on a winner.

fentanyl DEA

21 people charged in connection to drug trafficking in northern MN

Police say the organization sold more than 10 pounds of heroin and fentanyl in northern Minnesota.

Band Box Diner Courtney Mault Flickr

MN's 'best hole-in-the-wall diner' is, sadly, currently closed

MSN recently published its pick for best diner in each state.

covid

Minnesota's COVID-19 update for Thursday, January 27

Cases remain very high but hospitalizations have been plateaued for the past week.

state patrol

Minnesota state trooper injured at crash scene on I-35

The trooper was in his squad when another vehicle struck.

money hundred dollar bills

Charges: Man stole thousands from 3 Twin Cities banks

When he was arrested, police found a folding knife on him.

Kwesi Adofo-Mensah

Here's what Kwesi Adofo-Mensah said in his first press conference

The 40-year-old former Wall Street trader originally wanted to be an economics professor.

Related

Key points from the release of the Keith Ellison divorce file

The Ellisons tried to block its release, citing privacy concerns.

2 media outlets submit motions to unseal Keith Ellison's divorce file

Star Tribune and Alpha News are both appealing a court to release the file.

Ellison family denounces media outlets after release of divorce file

The file revealed no allegations of abuse against Keith Ellison, but detailed his ex-wife battle with illness.

New poll has Doug Wardlow ahead of Keith Ellison in AG race

The Star Tribune/MPR News poll has the Republican up by 7 points.

Keith Ellison wins contentious Attorney General race

Both candidates had been mired in controversy.

Checking in on the Keith Ellison-Doug Wardlow AG race

First it was Ellison, now Wardlow is coming under increasing scrutiny.

Keith Ellison requests House probe into abuse allegation

The Attorney General candidate has been dogged by the allegation during his campaign.