Husband names Big Island lawmaker in complaint

HILO, Hawaii (AP) - Hawaii County Councilwoman Emily Naeole-Beason is denying a domestic abuse allegation by her estranged husband. West Hawaii Today reported in a front-page story Tuesday that a complaint filed by Raymond Beason against his wife with police in Alaska will be investigated by Hawaii County police.

Through her attorney, Brian De Lima, Naeole-Beason denied any wrongdoing, saying she "never laid a finger on her husband." She also questioned the timing of the allegations ahead of the elections.

De Lima asserted political motives by the newspaper for reporting on the complaint. West Hawaii Today said it "reported accurately and responsibly on allegations of domestic abuse involving a public figure." The newspaper said it made repeated attempts to contact the councilwoman, who chose not to respond.

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