Eric Harpel will request hearing to contest Rep. Mary Franson's restraining order
McLeod County Republican Party chairman Eric Harpel plans to contest Rep. Mary Franson's restraining order against him.
Over the phone, Harpel said he doesn't want any contact with Franson but plans to contest the restraining order to defend his name.
"I'm going there to defend my honor and my reputation," Harpel said. "There's no way anybody should be able to say anything they want and then have people like you smear it all over the goddang place and make me look even worse than what I really am."
Rep. Mary Franson accused Eric Harpel of stalking
"I will just say that's absurd," Harpel said. "That's absolutely ridiculously absurd."
That incident never happened, Harpel said.
"She has taken a word that I used and is twisting it around and making it sound like I'm a sick pervert," Harpel claimed. "There is a whole story behind that whole conversation. She's just taking bits and pieces of it and twisting it all around to make me look like I'm somebody I'm not."
But he declined to elaborate, saying he'll explain himself in court.
Under Minnesota law, Harpel has 45 days to contest the restraining order filed by Franson May 10. Read his full statement on the next page.
I would first like to acknowledge that I was in a relationship with Ms. Mary Franson that ended earlier this year. Much like many other relationships that end, emotions have been running high between the parties. However, I was very surprised and disheartened to learn that Ms. Franson had resorted to filing for a restraining order against me. It had been my hope that we could have ended our relationship amicably.
I adamantly deny the allegations contained in the affidavit submitted by Ms. Franson. It is an unfortunate reality that restraining orders, although a beneficial part of our legal system, can also, at times, be abused by a party. I maintain that the affidavit filed by Ms. Franson, much like too many other affidavits filed in these types of cases, is filled with mistruths and half-truths.
Please keep in mind that the affidavit only contains Ms. Franson's version of events. The restraining order that was issued was issued based only on the information submitted in Ms. Franson's affidavit. I was not afforded an opportunity to present my version of events leading up to and after our breakup.
Although I have not had the opportunity to present my side of the story, I look forward to requesting a hearing at which time I will be able to provide my version of events to the district court judge.
I'm respectfully requesting that everybody simply reserve passing any sort of judgments or opinions until I've been fully afforded the opportunity to present my version of events in court.
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