Rand Paul has spoken out for the first time since being left with six broken ribs in an alleged attack by his neighbor.
The Republican Senator struggled to breathe and speak during an interview with the Washington Examiner and said he is still in pain after getting hurt 11 days ago.
Paul said there could be ‘no excuse’ for the alleged actions of neighbor Rene Boucher, who was described by one of Paul’s staffers as ‘disturbed’.
Rand Paul said he is struggling to breathe, talk, and is still in a good deal of pain after he broke six ribs and suffered a fluid buildup around his lungs in an alleged attack by his neighbor
Paul also claimed the attack was the first contact between the two men for the best part of a decade.
The pair have lived next to each other for 17 years and been friends for two decades, according to previous reports.
‘We’ve never had words over anything, we’ve never had a dispute or discussion or words,’ Paul said.
‘There is no motive that would justify hitting somebody from behind and breaking their ribs and damaging their lungs.’
Rene Bouchard, Paul’s neighbor of 17 years, is accused of tackling the Senator at his home on November 3
Paul suffered six cracked ribs and a pleural effusion – a buildup of fluid around the lung – as a result of the alleged attack.
Boucher is accused of tackling Paul as he climbed off a ride-on mower while wearing ear protectors, meaning he did not hear the hit coming.
A full recovery could take months, Paul said, and he is still in a good deal of pain.
However, he has returned to Washington to participate in key upcoming votes.
He refused to give more details, citing the criminal case against Boucher.
Others who lived in the Kentucky neighborhood alongside the pair have suggested that some kind of lawn dispute led to an altercation on November 3.
Boucher’s lawyer has said the alleged attack was motivated ‘by a dispute most people would find trivial’.
Boucher has appeared in court where he pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor assault, though police have said more charges are possible
He firmly denied that the problems stemmed from politics after posts were discovered on Boucher’s social media showing he is anti-Trump and anti-Republican.
Boucher appeared in court last week where he spoke only to confirm his name as a plea of not guilty to a charge of misdemeanor assault was entered.
Police say more charges could be brought and the FBI has confirmed it is investigating to see if any federal laws were broken.
Boucher’s attorney, Matt Baker, said it appears Paul has hired a personal injury lawyer, which could mean he is planning a lawsuit.
Paul’s office has declined to comment on that.