Radical lawmaker “Long Hair” Leung Kwok-hung denied intentionally throwing luncheon meat at fellow legislator Ma Fung-kwok during a chaotic press conference last month.
Leung said he apologized to Ma and said the latter was being childish when he reported the incident to the police, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports.
On Oct.19, pro-establishment lawmakers staged a walkout in an attempt to keep Youngspirations’ Yau Wai-ching and Sixtus Baggio Leung from retaking their oath of office.
Clashes erupted soon after the lawmakers bickered with Long Hair as they tried to speak to the media.
Long Hair and Ben Chan, a lawmaker from the pro-Beijing Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong, threw luncheon meat at each other.
Ma, who represents the sports, performing arts, culture and publication functional constituency, was hit in the head with a piece of meat.
Ma said he reported the incident to the police later that day.
Police listed the case as “common assault”. No one has been arrested.
Regina Ip, leader of the pro-Beijing New People’s Party, said the police have asked her to help in the investigation.
On Wednesday, Long Hair told journalists that it was Chan who threw the meat at him first and he simply hit back.
He said he had no personal grudge against Ma, according to Ming Pao Daily.
Anyone convicted of common assault faces a maximum sentence of one year in prison.
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