Woonsocket Call

Reporter accused of assaulting man at mayoral debate

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PROVIDENCE (AP) — A reporter for Latino Public Radio has been accused of putting his hands around another man’s neck during an altercatio­n at a Providence mayoral debate and charged with simple assault.

James Kuo says Reynaldo Almonte knocked a phone out of his hands and grabbed his neck during Thursday night’s debate. Kuo says the attack came after A lmonte threatened him and Kuo tried to take a picture of Almonte.

Kuo is a vocal critic of candidate Robert DeRobbio for his involvemen­t in an operetta “The Mikado,” which Kuo says is racist.

Reynaldo, who is CEO of Latino Public Radio, didn’t immediatel­y respond to an email Friday. He says that Kuo provoked him and “got what he deserved.”

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