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Filner Summoned to Court Over Encounter With Airline Employee

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Rep. Bob Filner, D-San Diego, has been summoned to court on assault and battery charges after an incident at Dulles Airport on Sunday night where he allegedly pushed a United Airlines bag claim employee.

Filner attempted to enter an employees-only area, pushed aside an employee's arm and wouldn't leave when asked, according to a statement from Courtney Prebich, assistant media relations manager for the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority.

The employee, whom Prebich would not identify, is pressing charges and Filner has been summoned to appear in Loudoun County General District Court on Oct. 2.

Assault and battery is a misdemeanor charge.

Filner's spokeswoman had no immediate comment.

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