Democratic nominee for Ill. lieutenant gov. says he has no intention of stepping down - KMOV.com

Democratic nominee for Ill. lieutenant gov. says he has no intention of stepping down

CHICAGO (AP) -- The Democratic nominee for Illinois lieutenant governor, Scott Lee Cohen, said today he has no intention of stepping down, but Gov. Pat Quinn predicted that Cohen would have to leave the race.

Meanwhile, new details emerged about Cohen's 2005 domestic battery arrest.

Cohen was arrested for allegedly holding a knife to his then girlfriend's throat and pushing her head against a wall. The police report noted abrasions on her neck and hand, but the charges were dropped after she failed to show up for a court date.

The Chicago Tribune reports that police records also show the girlfriend had been arrested for prostitution, but Cohen said he did not know that at the time.

Cohen's former wife has also accused him of violent behavior and sought an order of protection as she filed for divorce. According to court documents obtained by the Chicago Sun-Times, she said the violence was fueled by Cohen's alleged abuse of anabolic steroids.

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