BUFFALO, NY ( WKBW / release ) In just over one week since a confrontation at the Seneca Niagara Casino, New York State Senator Mark Grisanti and his wife Maria have decided to press charges against the people they say were involved in a fight with them Friday night February 10th.
Maria Grisanti was injured in the altercation and suffered a concussion.
Reports and videotape released as the week moved on, offered allegations that Grisanti himself was the aggressor, inserting himself into a situation at the casino bar between two arguing men that erupted into a fight.
An attorney for one of the men allegedly involved in the altercation spoke to Eyewitness News Sunday to back up those claims, on the same day that the Senator issued a statement with regards to the altercation at the Seneca Niagara Casino on February 10th:
"My wife Maria and I continue to stand by our account on what happened the night of Friday, February 10 at the Seneca Niagara Casino. We have provided a full description of the activities that took place to the Niagara Falls Police Department to assist them in their ongoing investigation.
I have said numerous times, that I do not hold the Seneca Nation, Seneca President, or the Seneca Tribal Council responsible for this isolated and unfortunate event. We deeply regret the fallout that has ensued following this unfortunate turn of events against the Seneca Nation and its people. I have always had a strong relationship with the Seneca Nation.
I was always taught; when you make a mistake or do something wrong apologies are in order. However, we will not apologize for the vicious attack that took place against my wife Maria. We did not do anything wrong. All of my actions were instinctive to protect my wife, and are what any other man would have done under these circumstances. As far as I'm concerned the incident was not over until my wife was safely in my arms.
Additionally, we would also like to let the public know that our family has made a decision to press charges against Maria's attackers. It is time to let the law enforcement and judicial systems do its job.
We have always been trying to achieve full transparency. We have no problem and we encourage the Seneca Niagara Casino to release the tapes."
Niagara Falls Police are continuing their investigation into the incident, and no charges have been filed. The Grisanti's talked with Falls Police Thursday.
Seneca Nation President Odawi Porter issued a statement last week that noted the incident was regrettable, and offered get well wishes to Mrs. Grisanti. Porter has yet to grant any media interviews on the subject.
Eyewitness News will continue to follow this story on what happens next with both legal, and possibly political fallout.