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Neighbor Accused Of Assaulting U.S. Rep. Rand Paul Pleads Not Guilty

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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. 

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