LOWELL, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts state lawmaker has been accused of choking a political challenger during a chance encounter at a restaurant.
The Lowell Sun reports that Sam Meas made the allegation against Democratic state Rep. Rady Mom in a police report filed May 8.
Meas alleges Mom responded angrily after he tapped his shoulder to say hello. Meas says Mom grabbed his neck and choked him, and pressed a fist into his rib cage.
Meas wasn’t injured but is seeking a harassment order against Mom in court on Thursday.
Mom hasn’t been charged.
Mom is an acupuncture therapist who in 2014 became the first Cambodian-American elected to a U.S. state Legislature.