BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (LEX 18) - The neighbor accused of assaulting U.S. Sen. Rand Paul was arraigned Thursday morning, pleading not guilty to the charges against him.
Rene Boucher has been charged with fourth-degree assault, a misdemeanor.
Boucher appeared for his arraignment Thursday in Bowling Green, where Paul and Boucher have been neighbors for 17 years. During the brief hearing, the judge assigned Boucher a pretrial hearing date of Nov. 30 and admonished him not to break the restrictions of his release.
The reason for the altercation last Friday remains a mystery, though a lawyer for Boucher said it stemmed from a "trivial" matter.
Paul wrote Wednesday on Twitter that he suffered six broken ribs and had fluid around his lungs.
Doug Stafford, the Senior Advisor to Senator Paul released a statement Thursday afternoon.
"This was not a fight, it was a blindside, violent attack by a disturbed person," a spokesperson for Sen. Paul says in a new statement Thursday about the incident. pic.twitter.com/2KNLxViXEh— NBC Nightly News (@NBCNightlyNews) November 9, 2017