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TODAY   |  March 05, 2014

Florida congressman denies shoving wife

Rep. Alan Grayson of Florida has denied allegations made by his estranged wife, Lolita, that he shoved her over the weekend during an argument. Grayson and some witnesses maintain that it was his wife who attacked him. NBC’s Kristen Welker reports.

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>> meantime now, the story of a lawmaker facing serious accusations and denying them this morning.

>> that's right, a florida congressman now denying an allegation this morning that he shoved his estranged wife during a heated altercation. kristen , good morning.

>> good morning to you. congressman gracin and his wife are in the middle of a bitter divorce. he was accused of pushing his wife, accusations he strongly denies.

>> it's not true. it's not an incident at all. it's not the way she described it.

>> reporter: democratic congressman alan gracin is denying allegations that he shoved his wife. according to court documents filed monday and obtained by the sentinel, ms. grayson accused her husband of showing up unannounced over the weekend and deliberately and with force pushed her hard against the door, causing her to fall to the ground. but grayson tells a different story.

>> then what happened?

>> i retreated. that's what happened.

>> reporter: congressman grayson 's office released a statement saying witnesses at the scene during the time in question also reject miss grayson 's versions of events as an outright lie. sadly it was ms. grayson who attacked the congressman as he attempted to visit with his children. this incident report shows authorities are investigating an allegation of battery and a spokesperson for the orange county sheriff 's office confirms they are conducting a domestic violence investigation with the grayson family. the family drama comes as grayson is seeking reelection. he was first elected in 2008 , lost reelection in 2010 and won again two years ago. when asked if he could put the incident behind him, the congressman continued to defend himself.

>> there's nothing to put behind. she's simply lying. and i think our statement makes that clear.

>> now, the congressman was not arrested and faces no charges, during a telephone conversation, a woman who identified herself as lolita grayson said no comment when asked about the incident. the couple has five children.

>> kristen welker in washington, thank you, kristen .