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Man charged with stomping woman outside Senate debate pleads not guilty

By: Dave Spencer Email
By: Dave Spencer Email

Cameras caught him apparently stomping on a woman outside a U.S. Senate debate in Lexington last month.

Tim Profitt entered a not guilty plea to fourth degree assault in court on Thursday.

From the beginning, Profit has maintained his innocence. He says the woman he accused of assaulting was acting aggressively and he says he did what he thought was necessary to stop her.

Profitt is accused of stepping on the shoulder and neck of Lauren Valle, outside KET Studios in Lexington.

It happened shortly before Rand Paul and Jack Conway's debate there October 25.

Video shows Valle, a 23-year-old known activist, being wrestled to the ground.

Once on the ground, Profitt is seen placing his foot on her shoulder, and appears to press it down with force.

Police saw enough from the video to charge Profitt with fourth degree assault.

Profitt's attorney, Michael Dean, says that's not the whole story.

Dean says, "Admittedly if you look at the video on the internet and TV and don't see anymore than what was shown it looks like he may have gone out of line. But if you look at the rest of the video of what she was doing before hand and get the whole story, I think you will see my client is justified."

27 NEWSFIRST spoke with Profitt after he was charged.

"She's a pro at what she does, and I think when the facts come out, people will see that she was the one that started the whole thing," Profitt said.

Profitt makes no apology for what happened.

He said in our interview, if anyone needs to apologize, it's Valle, who he feels should say she's sorry.

Profitt says the reason he put his foot on her was because he has back problems and couldn't bend down to restrain her.

Police say they continue to investigate the incident, but at this point, no one else has been charged.

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