Sen. Rand Paul has filed a civil lawsuit against the man who assaulted him last November, seeking compensatory damages for "physical pain and mental suffering,” the Bowling Green Daily News reported Monday.
Paul (R-Ky.), who suffered broken ribs and other health issues as a result of the attack, is seeking unspecified damages from Rene Boucher, his Kentucky neighbor who attacked him last fall.
Boucher has already pleaded guilty to assaulting a member of Congress, a federal charge, and was ordered to pay a $10,000 fine and sentenced to 30 days in jail. Boucher has held that the incident was prompted by a dispute over landscaping.
In the complaint, Paul’s attorney wrote that Boucher’s actions have left the senator with an "increased likelihood of, and susceptibility to, injury and disease” and that “he has been deprived of his enjoyment of life."
In addition to the damages, Paul’s lawsuit also seeks an injunction barring Boucher from having contact with the senator or his family. Without an injunction, the lawsuit argues, Boucher "will continue in the future the pattern of stalking and harassment" of Paul and his family.
Boucher’s attorney, in remarks to the Bowling Green newspaper, argued that Paul has not suffered any loss of income as a result of the attack, nor has he paid any out-of-pocket medical expenses.
“All that is to say we’re going to defend this civil suit just like we would any other and see if we can get it resolved as efficiently as possible,” Boucher’s attorney said.
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