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July 31, 2014

Moran’s Son Pleads Guilty to Assault

Updated 5:36 p.m. | Patrick Moran, the son of Rep. James P. Moran, D-Va., pleaded guilty on Wednesday to assault charges stemming from an incident on Dec. 1 where he allegedly slammed his girlfriend’s head into a metal trash can cage, reports the Washington City Paper.

The incident took place at a Columbia Heights neighborhood bar, The Getaway, where Moran was arrested after the incident.

The police report says Moran was observed to “grab a white female by the back of her head with his hand and slam her head into the metal trash can cage in front of the nightclub.” The police report went on to say that the woman was “bleeding heavily from her nose” and “her nose and right eye were extremely swollen.”

“The Congressman strongly condemns domestic violence,” Moran’s spokeswoman Anne Hughes told HOH in an email. “As was stated in court by both his son Patrick and his girlfriend, Kelly, the situation was an accident. Patrick didn’t hit or shove her. They were the only two people who witnessed the scene. In that sense, their statements are the only ones that matter.”

“They are both very embarrassed by the situation, which involved drinking, and they are looking to move past it, and ask for their privacy to be respected,” she said.

The younger Moran’s girlfriend, Kelly Hoffman, issued a statement in response to the media frenzy Wednesday afternoon.

“This was an accident that has been blown out of proportion,” Hoffman said. “The statements in the police report are inaccurate. Pat and I were arguing, one of my high heels gave out, and I fell into the side of a trashcan. On impact, I fractured my nose. False conclusions were made as a result. I hope our privacy will be respected.”

The younger Moran was taped earlier this year telling gotcha journo James O’Keefe how he might commit voter fraud.

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