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Rand Paul Assault Injuries ‘Much More Serious’ Than First Reported

Sen. Rand Paul, who was assaulted at his Kentucky home last Friday, suffered injuries more serious than originally reported, according to CNN.

Paul told police that his next-door neighbor tackled him from behind as he was mowing his lawn. Neighbor Rene Albert Boucher, 59, admitted to the attack, and was arrested and charged with assault. Boucher reportedly knew Paul for two decades, though the motive for the attack remains unknown.

CNN’s Suzanne Malveaux reported Monday morning that while a Paul spokesperson initially said that the senator’s injuries were minor, a statement released by his communication’s director late Sunday night said Paul suffered five rib fractures and lung contusions.

Per Malveaux, the statement also said that Paul’s injuries were “much more serious” than originally reported, and that it could be weeks if not months before he could return to work, because of the pain caused by his injuries.

On Sunday, the senator took to Twitter to thank everyone for supporting him through the incident:

Watch the CNN report above.

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