Jason Kessler reportedly charged with assault...
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"CHARLOTTESVILLE — Jason Kessler — a local blogger calling for Charlottesville City Councilor Wes Bellamy to be removed from office for controversial tweets — is facing an assault charge after he was petitioning on the Downtown Mall over the weekend.
Just before 11 a.m. Sunday, city police said they received a report of an assault in the 100 block of East Market Street. A 53-year-old man told police he had approached Kessler to see what the petition was for. The man told police he did not like what was on the petition and said he called Kessler an expletive, at which point Kessler allegedly punched him in the face.
On Monday, Kessler told The Daily Progress he was petitioning on the Downtown Mall when he was approached by two men. When one of the men said he would like to sign the petition, Kessler said the man started scribbling on the pages before Kessler took it back.
“The second man approached me, grabbed my arm and the petition, and violently shook my arm to try and take the petition from me,” Kessler said.
Kessler said the man then leaned into him and screamed obscenities at him, making Kessler feel threatened.
“At that point, I’d been assaulted again and felt endangered by two men ganging up on me, so I punched the attacker in self-defense,” Kessler said. “Later, charges were filed against both me and my attacker.”
Police said a permitted warrant was obtained by the man and that Kessler was summoned to court. A police spokesman said he was not aware of a second warrant filed against the victim as of 1 p.m. Monday, but that it was up to each individual to obtain a warrant."
I don't know about y'all, but I don't believe Kessler. This is a guy who started an online petition using the name of some woman he doesn't even know.
Restoring the honor!