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In his first television interview since an being assaulted at his home, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) said the alleged attack took place while he was mowing his yard — and he never saw it coming. He also criticized some of the media coverage surrounding the assault. Paul returned to Capitol Hill on Nov. 13. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

In his first television interview since an alleged assault at his home, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) said the attack took place while he was mowing his yard — and he never saw it coming.

What happened?

Paul was allegedly assaulted by a neighbor at his Kentucky home on Nov. 3. He reportedly suffered six broken ribs among other injuries, including damage to his lungs.

According to The Hill, Rene Boucher, Paul’s neighbor of 17 years, pleaded not guilty earlier this month to a fourth-degree assault charge.

Paul returned to the Senate on Nov. 13 in spite of his injuries.

What did Paul say?

Paul told Fox News he was wearing earmuffs while mowing his lawn and never heard the attacker coming.

“I never saw him, I never had a conversation [with him]. In fact, the weird thing is I haven’t talked to him in 10 years,” Paul said of his neighbor.

Paul continued:

After my ribs were broken, then he said things to me to try to indicate why he was unhappy. But I think the — I guess, to me, the bottom line is, it isn’t so important if someone mugs you. Is it really justified for any reason?

Paul also criticized some of the media coverage surrounding the assault.

“So I think the more people belabored, 'Oh well, was it about yard clippings? Was it because he hates Donald Trump? Does he hate you because you oppose Obamacare?' You don't really know what's in someone's mind and so it may have some relevance, but for the most part, the real question should be: 'Are you allowed to attack someone from behind in their yard when they’re out mowing their grass?' Even if you dislike something about their yard,” he said.

(H/T The Hill)

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