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    California House of Reps Democrat Bob Filner facing assault & battery charges after pushing a baggage claim employee

    Rep. Bob Filner is facing an assault and battery charge after an incident at Dulles Airport where he allegedly pushed an United Airlines bag claim employee as first reported by ABC7/Newschannel 8.

    ABC 7's Jay Korff and Kris Van Cleave broke the story

    Filner, a Democrat from California, allegedly attempted to enter an employees-only area on Sunday night.

    Van Cleave spoke with several witnesses who said they heard Filner yell "You can't stop me," before pushing aside the employee and refusing to leave the office.

    Filner disputed the account in a statement issued by his office.

    "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," the statement said.

    The encounter happened after Filner "experienced a delay in claiming his bag," according to a United Airlines statement. United said it regretted that delay and was cooperating in the investigation.


    When airport police arrived Filner was waiting in the bag carousel area, Prebich said. Police interviewed him and witnesses and him go. The incident occurred around 6 p.m.

    The employee decided to press charges and appeared before a Loudoun County magistrate later that evening.

    Filner was summoned to appear in Loudoun County General District Court on Oct. 2. Assault and battery is a Class 1 misdemeanor charge in Virginia.

    Filner, an eight-term incumbent who chairs the Veterans Affairs Committee, has displayed flashes of temper in the past.

    About a year ago, he hurled obscenities at two Veterans Affairs officials after a briefing about the burglary of a laptop with military personnel information. The VA officials termed the briefing a "publicity stunt," which angered Filner.

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