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Newt Gingrich

Sued for

Assault and Battery

2/4/2012 7:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

0204-newt-gingrich-getty-bn-1A Florida man has filed a lawsuit against Newt Gingrich and his security team -- claiming he was roughed up outside the Florida Republican Presidential Primary earlier this week ... because he was carrying a sign supporting another candidate. 

In a lawsuit filed yesterday in U.S. District court in Florida, Edward Dillard claims he was just minding his own business on January 31 when Newt and his wife came strolling up to the polling place. Dillard claims he was standing outside of a canopy which had been set up with a microphone stand, when Newt and Callista came right up to him and shook his hand. 

Dillard claims Newt then noticed his Ron Paul t-shirt and "immediately turned his back" to him and went on to greet other people. That's when Dillard claims several of Gingrich's security team came up to him and tried to "intimidate him into moving from the spot."

Dillard -- who says he was wearing open-toed sandals -- then claims one of the agents "lifted his heeled shoe over Dillard's right foot and dug the back of it into his skin, twisting it side-to-side like he was stomping out a cigarette, causing a fracture to Dillard's right foot."

After a minor tussle, Dillard claims the guy who stomped his foot shouted to other members of his team, "Everyone step on his toes!"

Dillard is suing Newt, the campaign and the security firm for assault and battery and seeking unspecified damages.

No comment so far from Gingrich campaign.

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Fat Mike    

"Dillard" - his name says it all

958 days ago
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Keith    

Well there's a shocker. Someone is suing a candidate.

958 days ago
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pops    

SO What!
TMZ News = Commie Propaganda for Omama

958 days ago
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Cheryl A.    

In this day where EVERYone has a cellphone with video and I am supposing security cameras all over the place, I wonder if any video will surface. Somehow I doubt it.

958 days ago
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EarthAngel    

I feel like suing him for assault & battery every time I have to see him on TV

958 days ago
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Sonja    

Don't know why anyone is surprised. The Republicans have a well known history of intimidation and forceful removal of individuals who oppose them at things such as rallies and debates. I don't doubt for minute that this happened, just look at the way they've been attacking each other.. I can't imagine how nasty things are going to get as we get closer to the 2012 elections.

958 days ago
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LittleBIt    

I was wondering when the dirt would start to fly about this "snake-in-the-grass" Gingrich! He wants to give illegal aliens free pass into the US and give them out Social Security (whats left of it) and Medicare money. Now his goons rough some poor guy up because he has a competitors t-shirt on??? Woah! You are NOT presidential material Newt old man. You have done wrong in the past and we need someone with a pure heart who loves America to run this country. YOURE OUTTA HERE!

958 days ago
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Mike    

Why would you sue for a crime? File a police report.

958 days ago
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Snowman with a Turnip Nose    

As much as everybody's fed up with Magic Barry's broken promises and lousy work, if you think this POS would make a good POTUS - seek psychiatric counseling!

958 days ago
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CaTeacher    

"twisting it side-to-side like he was stomping out a cigarette"

This gives a visual of what Gingrich thinks of people with different financial status/opinions/beliefs. This megalomaniac needs to be sent the message that he is not the man-in-charge. This country can survive without him. Go home, Newt.

His security staff should be the ones to take the blame here, though. Even though Newt has the attitude, his staff did the deed.

958 days ago
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Kabala    

That's the way he would run his presidency (god forbid). Anyone who disagrees with him would be stomped into submission.

958 days ago
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awards    

If this dummy was exercising his second amendment rights this wouldn't have happened to him? What a whiner!

958 days ago
13.

char    

Sorry, Dillard I don't think Newt has any money. You went after the wrong person. Romney is the one with the money. I'm sure you can try again its going to be a long campaign.

958 days ago
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Areader    

Where are Edward Dillard's witnesses....this seems like an assault everyone would have witnessed!

958 days ago
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Fuck Celebrities    

Welcome back Karma.

958 days ago
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