Costa Mesa police were called after a scuffle broke out between protesters and participants in a political fundraiser for Orange County Dist. Atty. Todd Spitzer this week, authorities said.
A man was taken to hospital with minor injuries, police said. No arrests were made.
About ten protesters were outside the reception in the 400 block of East 17th Street around 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Costa Mesa police said in a statement. Some of them were holding signs calling for the release of an anti-racist activist who is jailed for running her car over President Trump supporters in Seal Beach, according to a video of the incident posted on social media.
Thursday’s altercation began when two men walked out of the event and a female protester approached one of them and shouted, “You look like a female drummer,” through a megaphone, according to the video. The man then spat on him, shows the video full of profanity.
He then exchanged blows with the woman, as well as another protester who intervened, according to the footage. Others in the crowd too
The man’s boyfriend, who asked to remain anonymous, said in an emailed statement that protesters taunted them with homophobic slurs before the altercation.
The fight left him with a bloody nose and his boyfriend was pepper sprayed and required medical attention for cuts to his face, he wrote.
No link can be heard in the video. Officers interviewed all parties and took a report on an allegation of assault and bodily harm, a spokeswoman for the Costa Mesa Police Department said. The investigation is in its early stages and remains open, she said.
The altercation came on the same day that Orange County Democrats called for an independent investigation into Spitzer’s office following reports that four female prosecutors filed lawsuits, alleging that themselves and a 16-year-old intern had been sexually harassed by friends of Spitzer. The allegations allege that Spitzer allowed the culture of harassment by hiring and promoting men, and also attempted to retaliate against one of the women when she made her allegations, according to Voice of OC.
Spitzer has denied the allegations.
Separately, Spitzer faces a lawsuit from an attorney general’s office investigator who investigated allegations of sexual assault against a Newport Beach surgeon and his girlfriend. Investigator Jennifer Kearns accused Spitzer of sabotaging the prosecution of the case and of retaliating against her for investigating the couple.