GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — A Hillsdale, N.Y. man was arrested for assault after a confrontation outside of the Mahaiwe Theater before Elizabeth Warren's town hall.
Paul Solovay, 74, was arrested and charged with assault and battery and disorderly conduct after pushing a bullhorn microphone back into the face of Shiva Ayyadurai, an independent candidate for the U.S. Senate.
Ayyadurai was campaigning outside of the event when he was approached by Solovay. A verbal confrontation ensued with Ayyadurai eventually calling Solovay a racist through the megaphone repeatedly. Solovay, who left the line to get into the event, then pushed the megaphone back into the face of Ayyadurai.
From there it became physical and Ayyadurai's supporters wrestled Solovay to the ground. Great Barrington Police quickly subdued the incident and arrested Solovay.
Solovay was released on personal recognizance after being arraigned in Southern Berkshire District Court.
Ayyadurai stood outside of the theater with supporters and antagonized the audience. He later heckled Warren when she spoke at the gazebo outside of town hall. He had gotten into numerous verbal confrontations with Warren supporters.
Ayyadurai posted a video of the incident on YouTube, which is available below.
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