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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.

Bob Filner to face assault charges over airport incident According 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

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