BUFFALO, NY ( WKBW ) Eyewitness News has obtained a video that shows an animated and angry Senator Mark Grisanti on the floor of the Seneca Niagara Casino, and later being restrained by casino security before he was escorted to the exit with his injured wife at his side.
This incident taking place Friday night February 10th.
The video was shot by an eyewitness, and presented to Buffalo attorney Gerald T. Walsh, representing one of the men who was allegedly involved in an incident with another man prior to Senator Grisanti's involvement.
The video shows Grisanti in what looks like a headlock at one point, restrained, and then taken to the exit by casino staffers.
The video starts after the initial incident which triggered the melee, described by the Senator as a scuffle between two men, which he tried to peacefully break up before fists started flying and chaos broke out.
On Saturday, Mark Grisanti told Eyewitness News, "My wife was being attacked, and security kept restraining me, and I kept breaking away from them because they wanted to remove me from the situation, because I'm a Senator...but they're not listening to me because my wife is on the ground. I went in there and started making swinging motions to move people away, and if someone got hit, it's too bad because my wife was on the bottom of that pile, and I would do it again in a heartbeat."
Ross and Robbie John, two men who say they were eyewitnesses, described what they saw on a local radio show. They said Senator Grisanti was swearing, and was the aggressor...something Senator Grisanti has strongly denied.
Senator Grisanti's spokesman released a statement:
"The video released tonight is consistent with what Senator Mark Grisanti has stated previously. It is also consistent with the police report that was filed regarding the incident. Additionally, the Buffalo News has confirmed after watching the video that the Senator used no racial epithets during the incident. This video shows only the final few minutes of a prolonged altercation on Senator Grisanti and his wife. People need to read the complete police report, which was taken moments after the altercation, to understand the totality of the incident - including the attack on Mrs. Grisanti.