Tucker Carlson was involved in a nasty bar altercation at a Virginia country club last month, according to video of the moment that emerged this weekend. While accounts of the incident differ sharply, the footage shows the Fox News host becoming aggressive and swearing at another person.
“You better get the f–k out of here,” Carlson said repeatedly to a man later identified as Juan Manuel Granados in October. “Get this f– ing a–hole out of here.”
While the altercation is not in dispute, the details of what happened differ sharply between Carlson and Granados. In a lengthy statement released to Twitter, Carlson said Granados started things after calling his daughter a “whore” and a “c–” at the bar because he saw her eating with her father.
“My daughter had never seen the man before. She answered: ‘That’s my dad,’ and pointed to me,” she told the man. “My daughter returned to the table in tears. She soon left the table and the club. My son, who is also a student, went into the bar to confront the man. I followed. My son asked the man if he’d called his sister a ‘whore’ and a ‘c–.’ The man admitted he had, and again become profane. My son threw a glass of red wine in the man’s face and told him to leave the bar, which he soon did.”
Carlson said he reported the incident to management of the Farmington Country Club who sided with him and revoked Granados’ membership after a three week internal investigation.
The club did not immediately respond to request for comment from TheWrap.
Last month one of my children was attacked by a stranger at dinner. For her sake, I was hoping to keep the incident private. It’s now being politicized by the Left. Here’s what happened: pic.twitter.com/rwNoFYxMFv
— Tucker Carlson (@TuckerCarlson) November 11, 2018
Granados, who has since retained the services of Michael Avenatti, sharply disputed the account. In an even longer statement posted to the lawyer’s Twitter feed Sunday, Granados called Carlson’s account a “complete fabrication” containing “many lies.”
“This is going to be a serious problem for Tucker Carlson and I very much look forward to teaching him a lesson,” Avenatti said in a statement to TheWrap.
Granados denied he had insulted Carlson’s daughter and said the Fox News host’s son had instigated things, while Carlson himself had told him to “go back to where you came from.” Granados immigrated to the United States from Argentina and became a U.S. citizen in September.
Granados did confirm that Carlson’s son had thrown wine at him and added that Carlson’s underage daughter had been drinking with the full knowledge of her father.
“I intend on pursuing possible charges against Tucker for assault, against his son for assault and battery, and against his “friend” for assault and battery,” Granados concluded. “I did not deserve to be treated that way that night and I did not deserve to be told ‘go back to where you came from.'”
Here is a statement from my client regarding the incident with Tucker Carlson and Tucker's fabricated version of events. As a father of two teenage daughters myself, I find it disgraceful that Tucker seeks to justify his behavior by falsely hiding behind his family. #Coward pic.twitter.com/j9uX7pRdyP
— Michael Avenatti (@MichaelAvenatti) November 11, 2018
Reps for Carlson at Fox News directed TheWrap to his statement.