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Rep. Moran: Son’s Attack on Girlfriend “An Accident”

Update, 4:35 p.m.: Bolstering Rep. Moran's statement, Patrick Moran's girlfriend has blamed her injuries on a broken high heel.

Virginia Rep. Jim Moran's office has another statement about his son's arrest for assaulting his girlfriend in Columbia Heights earlier this month. And it turns out it was all an accident, according to Moran, despite his son's guilty plea to assault.

"The situation was an accident," Moran spokeswoman Anne Hughes writes in an email, adding that both Moran and his girlfriend testified to that in court. "Patrick didn't hit or shove her."

Hughes claims that only Patrick Moran and his girlfriend were around to see the alleged attack. "They were the only two people who witnessed the scene," writes Hughes. "In that sense, their statements are the only ones that matter."

That would contradict the police report, which describes both a Metropolitan Police Department sergeant and an Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration investigator seeing Moran slam his girlfriend's head into a trash can cage outside the Getaway, a 14th Street NW bar.

"They are both very embarrassed by the situation, which involved drinking," Hughes continues. "And they are looking to move past it, and ask for their privacy to be respected."


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