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.
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.