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Immigration Activist Accuses Heck Staffer of Assault

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A Las Vegas immigration activist is alleging a member of Republican Senate candidate Rep. Joe Heck’s staff assaulted her as she filmed him leaving an appearance.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports that Viridiana Vidal filed a police report against Keith Hughes, accusing him of pushing and pulling her.

Vidal says she received a bruise on her right leg.

The alleged incident happened as Heck was exiting a meeting with the group, Hispanics in Politics.

Vidal is a former Telemundo journalist who now works for the pro-immigration reform group, America’s Voice. She was one of about 20 activists filming him and surrounding his vehicle.

Campaign spokesman Brian Baluta did not immediately return a request for comment Saturday.

Heck is in a competitive Senate race with Democrat Catherine Cortez Masto.

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