TMZ

Our TV Shows

Got a Tip?

Call TMZ at (888) 847-9869 or Click Here

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.

108 COMMENTS

No Avatar

Previous 15 Comments | 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6
76.

ZAK    

I'm not a Newt fan but my first thought is "dirty tricks".

803 days ago
77.

Steve    

Sounds like a Frivolous lawsuit to me!! If the wasn't there trying to cause trouble, Then why was he there wearing a Ron Paul T-shirt and carrying a sign in support of Ron Paul? I don't believe a word of it! I don't think a Security guard would do that in the first place and to call the rest of the Team over saying "come over here and stomp on this guys foot"!! Please, give me a break, He's simply looking to get some money!!!

803 days ago
78.

Johnny Johnson    

Newt is a wife cheater who will never ever be President. He wanted to impeach President clinton and was doing the same thing. Any time you cheat on your cancer sick wife I would never vote for you cheater

803 days ago
79.

The Truth    

Its not alleged. Reporters saw it and reported it happening. They elbowed him, stomped on his feet, and did anything they could to try and bully him away.

He didn't retaliate he just held his Ron Paul sign there for the world to see.

796 days ago
80.

kevin    

hahaha! Newt Gingrich is such a piece of ****.

Divorcing his cancer stricken wife, being removed as speaker of the house......

Ron Paul is the ONLY candidate who isn't a CORRUPT big government liar.

796 days ago
81.

Keith    

No surprise here. I wouldn't be surprised if Newt did it himself, spit in the guy's face, and kicked him in the balls. It's Newt Grinch. He looks evil just from first impressions.

796 days ago
Previous 15 Comments | 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6

Around The Web