EXCLUSIVE: Man Accused of Assaulting Trump Protester Says She ‘Made Up the Whole Thing’

Still image of Asheville altercation (Facebook  / Breitbart News)
Richard L. Campbell, the man accused of sucker-punching a 69-year-old protester outside a Donald Trump rally in Asheville, NC on Monday, is vigorously denying the charge — and has video that his attorney says proves his innocence. Campbell’s attorney, Ruth Smith, spoke exclusively to Breitbart News on Wednesday morning. “She grabbed him … and he didn’t even see her,” she said. “She has made up the whole thing.” Local media had reported that the injured woman, Shirley Teeter of Asheville, claimed that the man “cold-cocked” her in the jaw. (The Asheville Citizen-Times reported that some witnesses claimed she touched him first.) Teeter spoke with local ABC News affiliate WLOS, describing what she claims happened: “I said, ‘You better learn to speak Russian,’ and I said, ‘The first two words are going to be ha ha.’ He stopped in his tracks, and he turned around and just cold-cocked me,” Teter said. She was punched in the face. She says she fell on her oxygen tank and has sore ribs, a sore jaw, and cut her elbow. She later went to the hospital and is thankful she did not break any bones. Police initially did not charge Campbell, but later issued a warrant for his