Two men arrested for assaulting Jason Kessler during press conference
Two men have been arrested for the alleged assault of Jason Kessler, the organizer of the "Unite the Right" rally that led to violence in Charlottesville, following a news conference last month.
According to the Charlottesville Police Department, 49-year-old Jeffrey Matthew Winders and 44-year-old Edgar Brandon Collins are both charged with assault and battery.
Police say the two assaulted Kessler at his press conference on Aug. 13, the day after the rally that turned violent and led to the death of Heather Heyer. Kessler's news conference was cut short that day when he was mobbed by protesters and punched in the face on live video.
Winders and Collins reportedly turned themselves in to law enforcement during the past week.
Collins declined to comment to media outlets. Winder could not be reached for comment. They were both issued a summons to appear in court.
A 47-year-old man had been charged immediately after the event. Robert K. Litzenberger was arrested and charged with misdemeanor assault and battery. He allegedly spit on Kessler as a mob descended upon him.
Kessler himself pleaded guilty in April to an assault charge, after he punched a man in the face while he was collecting signatures for his petition to remove Wes Bellamy from the Charlottesville City Council. He
, Newsplex, at the time.
"Man to man, yell in a man's face and expect to get punched in the face," Kessler said then.