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Paul Pelosi, husband of Representative Nancy Pelosi, gave his first public account on Monday of the attack he endured at his San Francisco home last year.
Speaking during the trial of his assailant, David DePape, Paul Pelosi described waking up to the intruder and realizing the imminent danger he faced. He testified, “It was a tremendous sense of shock to recognize that somebody had broken into the house, and looking at him and looking at the hammer and the ties, I recognized that I was in serious danger, so I tried to stay as calm as possible.”
DePape, who is seen in surveillance footage attacking Pelosi with a hammer, has pleaded not guilty to charges including attempted kidnapping and assault with intent to retaliate against a federal official.
The incident, which occurred on October 28, 2022, involved DePape breaking into the Pelosi residence, confronting Paul Pelosi, and demanding to know the whereabouts of Nancy Pelosi. Paul Pelosi shared that he attempted to de-escalate the situation, and during a moment of distraction, he managed to call 911 from his bathroom.
The situation escalated upon the arrival of the police, resulting in DePape striking Pelosi with the hammer, leaving him unconscious in a pool of his own blood.
Pelosi underwent surgery for severe injuries, including a skull fracture and damage to his right arm and hands. DePape faces life imprisonment if convicted on these charges, in addition to separate state charges, including attempted murder and assault with a deadly weapon. His defense argues that DePape believed his actions were a means to combat government corruption.