Sen. Rand Paul’s neighbor on Thursday pleaded not guilty to recently assaulting the Republican outside his Kentucky residence, according to CNN.
CNN on Thursday reported that there was no change in the charge of misdemeanor assault in the fourth degree against Rene Boucher.
Boucher entered his plea during his arraignment in Bowling Green, Kentucky, and there was no change in his bond either.
Paul late Wednesday shared an update about his medical condition following the alleged assault against him five days earlier.
“I appreciate all of the support from everyone,” he tweeted. “A medical update: final report indicates six broken ribs & new X-ray shows a pleural effusion.”
Previous reports had said that Paul suffered five broken ribs from the incident last Friday, and a pleural effusion is a buildup of fluid around the lungs.
Paul also tweeted out a pair of articles – one from Breitbart and the other from The Washington Examiner – questioning reports the attack against him was a yard care dispute.
“The stories of a ‘landscaping dispute,’ or a dispute of any sort between Rand Paul and Rene Boucher are erroneous and unfounded,” neighbor Travis Creed said in a Wednesday email to Breitbart.
“The reason for Mr. Boucher’s bizarre attack are known only to him,” he added. “Statements to the contrary are irresponsible and unnecessary.”
“Their lawn is always mowed,” neighbor Dan Renshaw said of the Pauls while speaking with The Examiner. “It’s such a lame excuse.”
“That could have killed Rand if a rib had punctured a lung or worse yet the heart. Just no excuse for this type of behavior from adults.”
The New York Times on Tuesday reported that Boucher and Paul had clashed over landscaping before the senator was injured.
Boucher’s attorney on Monday said that the incident had nothing to do with politics amid reports that his client is a registered Democrat.