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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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46.

Jim in Cali    

What a douche bag. WAAAAAAAAAHHHHH, Newt didn't acknowledge me. WAAAAAAAAAHHHH, my toes got stepped on, WAAAAAAAAHHHH

962 days ago
47.

Flannigan    

The poor guy probably got his nail polish messed up and needs to sue for a freh "pedi" too.

962 days ago
48.

TodofOH    

Bunch of Jack-Booted Thugs working for the most unethical candidate in the race. I wonder if Newt is carrying on an affair with one of his staffers as I type this? Does Callista know about it? (maybe she approves?)

962 days ago
49.

Jah36    

Just minding his own business holding a Ron Paul sign at a pro-Gingrich rally...right, that makes sense. It seems to me that if one wanted to support Ron Paul, the best place to hold Ron Paul sign up, would be at a Ron Paul rally. The only reason that one would go to another candidates rally with a Ron Paul sign is if they were intentionally looking for trouble or to create stir. What a bum!

962 days ago
50.

StevenB    

Sounded possible until the "Hey everyone, step on his toes!" One step too far and gives away the lie. If he would have stopped without saying that, he probably would have gotten a settlement just to make him go away.

962 days ago
51.

Missy    

Those Paulbots are CRAZY!

962 days ago
52.

Josh    

And the nuts start crawling out of the crevices...

962 days ago
53.

NicoS    

All these intelligent people here, amazing.

Yes its made up thats why there was no news about it http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/ticket/everyone-step-toes-gingrich-security-harasses-ron-paul-165042767.html

Thats why he was not standing behind ginrich and a security guard infront of him
http://www.postonpolitics.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/Eddie-Dillard.jpg

And of course his foot does not look like this
http://media.zenfs.com/en/blogs/theticket/Foot.jpg

I would include a picture of him there before newt arrived but there is a 3 link maximum.

962 days ago
54.

speck    

If Paul's 'Truther' nutcases think it's OK to sue Newt Gingrich for something one of his associates did, then it's equally OK to sue Ron Paul for those racist, gay-hating newsletters (published under his name, with profits payable to Ron Paul). Naturally, everyone but the Truthers and the other Paul supporters will be able to see the logic in this...

962 days ago
55.

Jason    

Puffy the sick wife slayer sued for assault? GET OUT!!!

962 days ago
56.

drunk    

Politics aside this is a pretty believable story. Everybody know that anyone who works in security is a douchebag.

962 days ago
57.

William H. Robinson    

He injured his toe by failing to toe the line established by Ron Paul regarding warfare and clairity in dealing with foreigners. When Candidate Dr. Paul fialed to treat the toe his only recourse was to search for somebody who had money and file a law suit ASAP like the lady who put the McDonald`s hot coffee between her knees.

962 days ago
58.

chukkalady    

LOL...you mean Ron Paul believes in suing people???

962 days ago
59.

Bob    

I'd like Ron Paul more if is wasn't for his freak followers.

962 days ago
60.

Flannigan    

Because it also messed up his fresh nail polish, he'll include a new "pedi" as well.

962 days ago
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