Jonathan Meador, the freelance reporter who was assaulted by a low-level Republican activist while on assignment for LEO Weekly covering the party’s annual Lincoln Day Dinner Saturday in Louisville, has filed criminal charges against his assailant.
Meador and an attorney for LEO met with two Jefferson County prosecutors this afternoon, and will pursue charges of fourth-degree assault and menacing, both misdemeanors, against J.D. Sparks, an activist and local businessman.
Sparks approached Meador, who was shooting video in the Galt House Ballroom before any of the Lincoln Dinner speakers began, and demanded he stop filming. Meador, who was credentialed for the event, refused. After attempting to take his video camera and deactivate it, Sparks — who was unprovoked — manhandled Meador, at one point pushing him against a wall. The two eventually tumbled through a pair of rear exit doors, and Sparks took off down the hallway.
Prosecutors expect to decide within a week whether to pursue criminal charges against Sparks. Check fatlip.leoweekly.com for updates to this story.