Bob Filner to
face assault charges over airport incident
Congressman Robert "Bob"
Filner (D-Calif) could face assault charges after an incident at
the Dulles International Airport.
to reports, the California Congressman Bob Filner will be
summoned to court on assault and battery charges after an
incident at Dulles Airport on Sunday night, where he allegedly
pushed a United Airlines bag claim employee. He is scheduled to
appear in court on October 2nd.
Rep. Bob Filner allegedly pushed past
the outstretched arm of the employee at United Airlines baggage
claim office and entered a restricted area in the evening hours
of Sunday at Dulles International Airport. When he was ordered
to leave, the Congressman refused to do so. The unidentified
employee called the police and a statement was taken from Rep.
Bob Filner and he was allowed to leave after being informed that
charges will be pressed by the airline employee. The encounter
happened after the San Diego Democrat experienced a baggage
claim delay, according to a United Airlines statement.
The assistant media relations manager of
the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, Courtney
Prebich, said that the employee filed papers with the court the
same day and a summon was issued charging Filner with the
misdemeanor charge of assault and battery. There is no record of
the incident at the Loudon County court, which is not unusual.
The records would not appear at the court until after Bob Filner
is actually served.
The Bob Filner's office issued the
following statement on Monday, denying the incident:
“Congressman Bob Filner is on his way to Iraq, visiting our
troops, and will have a full statement when he returns. Suffice
it to say now, that the story that has appeared in the press is
factually incorrect – and the charges are ridiculous.”
Robert "Bob" Filner represents
California's 51st Congressional District in the House of
Representatives, which includes a big part of the San Diego's
southern section. He is also the chairman of the House Committee
on Veterans' Affairs.
Published on 08/20/2007