Paul Pelosi, the husband of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, appeared in public for the first time on Sunday since being attacked in his California home.
Pelosis attended the annual Kennedy Center Honors event in Washington, DC, on Sunday evening, seated alongside President Biden and First Lady Jill Biden, as well as Vice President Harris and Second Gentleman Douglas Emhoff. Paul was hospitalized with a fractured skull in late October after assailant David DePape allegedly hit him in the head with a hammer.
Nancy, who announced she was stepping down from the Democratic leadership, said her husband’s recovery was “moving forward”.
“Head injuries are, they have an impact beyond surgery. It’s a big thing,” she told a news conference last week.
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The 45th annual Kennedy Center event paid tribute to George Clooney, singers Amy Grant and Gladys Knight and composer Tania León, as well as rock band U2.
DePape, 42, has pleaded not guilty to federal charges in his alleged assault on Paul. He faces charges of assaulting an immediate family member of a federal official and attempted kidnapping of a federal officer, as well as other state-level charges.
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Federal charges carry sentences of up to 30 and 20 years respectively, while state charges could amount to a life sentence.
DePape allegedly broke into Pelosi’s house in San Francisco around 2 a.m. on October 28, snuck into the master bedroom and found Paul Pelosi asleep.
He is accused of demanding to know where the Speaker of the House was and threatening to smash her kneecaps with a hammer – but she was in Washington, DC, at the time.
Paul Pelosi called 911, and response officers arrived at the front door to find Pelosi and DePape struggling for control of a hammer.
“The two officers opened the door to see the lobby of the Pelosi residence, Mr. Pelosi, dressed in a long-sleeved shirt, DEPAPE in shorts, running shoes and a sweatshirt, and DEPAPE and Mr. Pelosi jointly holding a hammer,” the federal indictment reads.
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In an incident that investigators say was captured on two officers’ body cameras, police ordered them to drop the hammer. DePape said, “Ummm, no,” broke free from Pelosi’s grip and allegedly cracked his skull before being attacked by police.,