SC Lawmaker Charged with Assaulting Female Member of State House

Rep. Jerry Govan faces assault third degree charge after an incident with Rep. Gilda Cobb-Hunter earlier this year.

Columbia, SC (WLTX)  - A South Carolina lawmaker has been charged with assaulting one of his fellow lawmakers. 

Rep. Jerry Govan, 59, is facing one count of assault third degree for an incident involving Rep. Gilda Cobb-Hunter earlier this year. 

Govan turned himself over to authorities Thursday morning. 

The warrant states back on May 11, Govan and Cobb-Hunter got into an argument in a back room at the South Carolina State House in Columbia. The lawmakers, who both represent Orangeburg County, were reportedly arguing about a bill involving schools there. 

The warrant states that Govan approached Cobb-Hunter and yelled "don't put words in my mouth." It goes on to say that she put up her arm so he didn't come any closer.

According to deputies, Govan then grabbed her right wrist and twisted it, causing the victim to fall back.

Cobb-Hunter had soreness and swelling in her wrist, and got medical attention from the nurse at the State House. 

The incident had come to light right after it happened, but prosecutors had to review it to decide whether to file charges. 
 

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