The top Democrat contender for the speaker position in the Illinois House of Representatives is facing scrutiny from his colleagues and others for his history of domestic abuse.
Reporting by the Chicago Tribune indicates that in 2002, officers responded to Rep. Emanuel “Chris” Welch’s house after his ex-girlfriend claimed he “slammed her head into a kitchen countertop numerous times after she called him ‘a loser’” when she was at his house to pick up some of her belongings. Police reports also suggest Welch blocked her from leaving the home, which is when she called the police. Welch denied the allegations.
While the woman originally sought to press charges against Welch for “domestic battery and unlawful restraint,” she eventually declined to do so.
“A few days later, the woman reported a bruise on her arm, police said,” as reported by the Tribune.
Eight years later, another woman filed a federal lawsuit for sexual harassment and retaliation