10:38 pm Feb. 18, 2012
A reader named Steve Aldrin sent the unredacted police report [pages 1, 2 & 3] from the night State Senator Mark Grisanti and his wife were involved in a fight with patrons at a casino and is the most detailed account of the February 13, 2012 incident.
The report says security cameras from the casino showed a woman in a purple dress approach Maria Grisanti in a threatening manner. An altercation appears to take place and Maria Grisanti falls to the floor and "the female party in the purple dress is on top of her."
The woman is identified as Ellen Heron. I called her and she declined to comment without her lawyer, Chris Privateer.
The footage described in the report seems to support Mark Grisanti's version of what happened, which is that he and his wife were attacked when he tried intervening in a verbal altercation as he and his wife were exiting the casino.
The Times has reported other witnesses "have steped forward to say Mr. Grisanti was the aggressor." In those witness' accounts, Grisanti inflamed a situation between two men that had already been calmed, and that Grisanti hit the wife of one of the men.
An attorney representing one of the men in the casino provided cell-phone footage he said showed Grisanti being restrained by security officials, then attacking someone.
A Republican operative supportive of Grisanti who saw the original police report, said the emailed documents are authentic.