By John Shumway


PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Local boxer Paul Spadafora is accused of slamming a 63-year-old woman to the ground outside a restaurant in Crafton. However, his lawyer said Friday that there is more to the story.

“Video lies,” Phil DiLucente said, referring to surveillance video that allegedly depicts the crime. “Video does not tell the whole story. If this were a boxing match, it might tell you the fifth, sixth, seventh round but it doesn’t tell you one through four or eight through twelve.”

Attorney DiLucente was full of boxing metaphors, claiming he will work to have the harassment and assault charges against Spadafora withdrawn.

“If they cannot, we’re going to put on the gloves and we’re going to go in the ring,” he said.

DiLucente stated that as a public figure, Paul Spadafora is often goaded. However, the alleged victim of the incident stated she did not even speak to the boxer. She said she only asked for another glass when she noticed he took a sip of her drink.

That is when she said he grabbed her hat and hair and pulled.

Shumway: Is your client saying that didn’t happen?
DiLucente: All I know is she’s the only person who attempted to call 911. No one else in the bar, including the bar owner, even reached for their phone to call anybody.”

As for what happened in the parking lot, the defense lawyer said people should withhold judgement.

“There’s equivocation, if you see the video, of who’s actually on top of who and how things are actually transpiring,” DiLucente said.

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