Man Allegedly Assaults Girlfriend After Accusing Her of Affair with Mitt Romney

A man mistook Mitt Romney for his girlfriend's lover and allegedly assaulted her over it.

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Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney speaks in Lansing, Mich., May 8, 2012.

A Knoxville, Tenn. man flew into a rage when he spotted a strange man on his girlfriend’s Facebook page. The mystery man? Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney.

Lowell Turpin suspected his live-in girlfriend of having an affair, and when he saw a handsome, clean-cut man on her Facebook profile, he demanded to know who it was, according to an Anderson County Sheriff’s Department incident report quoted in the Knoxville News Sentinel. Despite her explanation that the man was in fact a national political figure running for the office of the president of the United States, and not a nonexistent lover, Turpin was still enraged.

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According to a police report obtained by The Smoking Gun, Turpin was upset Gray was “attempting to communicate with friends” through the popular social networking site. Turpin then allegedly grabbed his girlfriend’s computer and smashed the laptop into a wall before hitting her in the face with his fist. It was not the first time the man had abused his girlfriend, who supposedly told a deputy that Turpin “has been violent toward her multiple times over several years,” according to the story in the News Sentinel.

Turpin was arrested for the alleged attack. He remains in the Anderson County Jail, charged with domestic assault in connection with the July 22 incident. No word on whether the woman is planning on voting for Mitt Romney in the November election.

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