Rene Boucher was charged with misdemeanor fourth-degree assault in Bowling Green, Kentucky, The Associated Press reported. He could face up to a year in jail if convicted.
On Wednesday, Paul upped that number to six and said x-rays showed he also had a pleural effusion, in which excess fluid pools around the lungs.
I appreciate all of the support from everyone. A medical update: final report indicates six broken ribs & new X-ray shows a pleural effusion
Boucher’s lawyer said the reason for the assault was “a very regrettable dispute between two neighbors that most people would regard as trivial.”
Accounts from neighbors and friends said the fracas was prompted by a landscaping dispute between Boucher and Paul. But after updating Twitter on his condition on Wednesday, Paul tweeted without comment articles from conservative news outlets Breitbart and The Washington Examiner disputing those reports as “fake news.”
The Examiner cited accounts from Boucher’s and Paul’s neighbors.
“The stories of a ‘landscaping dispute’ or a dispute of any sort between Rand Paul and Rene Boucher are erroneous and unfounded. The reason for Mr. Boucher’s bizarre attack is known only to him. Statements to the contrary are irresponsible and unnecessary,” Travis Creed told the outlet.
Similarly, Alicia Stivers expressed puzzlement about the dispute.
“I have never heard Sen. Paul speak an unkind word about anyone, let alone become physically violent. Which makes it all the more shocking that a next-door neighbor of many years who has not so much as exchanged an email or spoken word with Rand in several years, would race downhill and pummel Rand from behind,” she told The Examiner.