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Mike Lindell claimed he was attacked last week at a South Dakota hotel, but a Florida politician who witnessed the encounter said there was no attack. Jeff Buongiorno, a Republican congressional candidate in Florida, said he and two others who had attended Lindell’s election fraud symposium were “shooting the breeze” at the hotel bar late Wednesday. Buongiorno and the other attendees had asked to take a photo with Lindell, whom they saw in the lobby. After Buongiorno finished taking the photos, another man Buongiorno didn’t know approached the group and asked to take a photo, as well. Lindell, the MyPillow chief executive, claims the other man who asked for a photo attacked him while it was being taken, but Buongiorno, who took the photo on the man’s phone, disagreed.”There was no attack,” Buongiorno said. For more reporting from the Associated Press, see below. Lindell, who was in Sioux Falls hosting the symposium, told AP on Tuesday his encounter with a man seeking a photo late Wednesday left him doubled over in pain. Lindell said he has filed a report of an assault with the Sioux Falls Police Department and is conducting his own investigation into how the photo-seeker could have shoved an object between his ribs, leaving him unable to move his right arm. Lindell’s recounting of the incident last week matched much of Buongiorno’s description, except that Lindell said the second man wrapped his arm around him and shoved an object into his side. He pointed to a photo that showed the man had a yellow object in his hands.”It happened pretty fast, but the guy knew what he was doing,” Lindell said, adding that it was “one of the worst attacks on me I’ve ever had.”However, it appeared Lindell waited until Thursday to file a police report after the Sioux Falls Police Department sent an officer to meet with Lindell. He told the conservative talk show FlashPoint last week that he believed the man used his finger. But this week he also said he was checked by medics for puncture wounds. Buongiorno said nothing he saw could be described as an attack that would leave Lindell in pain. He added Lindell showed no indication anything was amiss as he walked to the glass elevator and rode it to the 6th floor. Lindell defended his account, saying Buongiorno would not have seen the assault from where he was standing to take the photo. Lindell added that he was scared that saying anything would have escalated the situation and that he doubled over in pain as soon as the elevator doors closed. Buongiorno, who said he supported “law and order,” was concerned Lindell’s claim would take up police time and resources. He was also worried that the photo-seeker was falsely accused. The Sioux Falls police said last week it was investigating the assault report. Police spokesman Sam Clemens has declined to identify the victim, citing Marsy’s Law, a state constitutional amendment that protects crime victims. Lindell announced the symposium in July, saying he hoped hundreds of
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