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Florida man sues Gingrich for broken foot

WINDEMERE, Fla., Feb. 5 (UPI) -- A Florida man is suing Republican presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich, claiming his security guards fractured his foot in a confrontation at a campaign stop.

Edward Dillard, 29, said he was injured Tuesday when Gingrich greeted supporters outside the First Baptist Church of Windermere, The Orlando Sentinel reported Saturday.

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The lawsuit alleges Gingrich's security guards tried to move Dillard -- a Ron Paul supporter -- from the greeting area because he was holding a sign in the background of photos being taken of the candidate and his supporters. When Dillard -- wearing open-toed sandals -- would not leave, one guard allegedly dug his heel "into [Dillard's] skin, twisting it side-to-side like he was stomping out a cigarette," the suit said.

Dillard said another security guard kicked him and knocked his cellphone out of his hand as he was trying to take a photo of the guard he thought stepped on his foot.

Dillard named Gingrich, the campaign and the Patriot Group -- a Virginia-based private security agency -- in the suit, and is seeking $75,000 in damages.

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