Video: Woman wrestled to ground, stepped on outside Ky. debate

msnbc.com staff and news service reports
updated 10/26/2010 11:04:25 AM ET 2010-10-26T15:04:25

Supporters of a Republican U.S. Senate candidate wrestled a woman to the ground and one stepped on her head after she tried to confront the candidate in Kentucky.

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The incident happened Monday night in Lexington right before a debate between Rand Paul and Democratic opponent Jack Conway.

Lauren Valle of liberal group MoveOn.org, told Louisville station WDRB she was trying to give Paul a fake award when his supporters took her to the ground.

"These supporters were not very nice to me and my message, which is the same as everyone else — I just wanted to get out here with a sign, but I got my head stepped on," Valle told a reporter from Louisville's Fox41, which posted footage of the incident.

The footage shows Valle's blonde wig being pulled off before she's pinned to ground. A man then puts his foot down on her head. Valle said the incident left her with "a bit of a headache."

A police watch commander said early Tuesday that she didn't know if any arrests were made.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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