A Greek far-right MP who slapped one left-wing female politician in the face and threw a glass of water at another last week during a live TV debate is taking legal action against his victims.
Ilias Kasidiaris, spokesman for the Golden Dawn party, is currently facing trial a mugging he is suspected to have been involved in.
He claims the two women insulted him when they referred to the court case and is suing them for defamation.
He also filed a complaint against TV station Antenna for wrongful detention.
Network staff locked him in a room while waiting for police to arrive at the studio following his violent meltdown. He proceeded to break down the door and escape.
Following the assault, the ex-army commando went into hiding only to reappear when the warrant for his arrest expired.
Due to this technicality he will remain a free mean until his trial on the charge of causing serious bodily harm which carries a maximum prison sentence of 10 years.
He blamed the two women for deliberately provoking his outburst and said he was acting in defence when Ms Kanelli threw a newspaper at him.
“I never expected that I would be hit in the face on live TV,” he said.
- Foreign Press