A Georgia Tech student has filed a lawsuit against Republican Senator David Perdue (Georgia) for allegedly snatching a cell phone out of his hand, according to The Hill.
The incident reportedly took place on October 13th when student Nate Knauf asked Perdue about his support for Republican gubernatorial nominee Brian Kemp. The confrontation, which was caught on camera, reportedly shows Perdue cutting off Knauf saying, “I’m not doing that” in response to Knauf’s question.
According to The Hill the video cuts out momentarily before Knauf is heard saying, “You stole my property. Give me my phone back, Senator.”
WSB-TV Atlanta are reporting a civil battery complaint against Perdue seeking damages for alleged unlawful battery was filed on behalf of Knauf. The suit is seeking a jury trial, attorney’s fees and costs from Perdue.
“Instead of answering his constituents question, civilly interacting with Mr. Knauf, or simply leaving, Senator Perdue forcefully took Mr. Knauf’s phone without his permission in a rude and offensive manner, which constitutes unlawful battery under Georgia law,” the complaint reads.
According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, a Perdue spokesperson said of the lawsuit, “This is being orchestrated by a former Obama operative and current Democratic state representative who spends most of his time campaigning for Stacey Abrams. Georgians will see this for what it is – a manufactured setup to embarrass the Senator and attack his credibility two weeks before the midterm elections.”