Man pleads guilty to assaulting England’s top doctor in park

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LONDON (AP) — A man who accosted England’s Chief Medical Officer Chris Whitty in a London park has pleaded guilty to assault. Lewis Hughes and another man filmed themselves harassing Whitty, who has become a nationally recognized figure through appearances at televised coronavirus briefings. One man is seen on video putting his arm around Whitty as they apparently drunkenly ask him for a photograph. Prosecutor Kalsoom Shah said the incident was ”completely unacceptable” and Hughes’ behavior “was both shocking and disgraceful.” Hughes pleaded guilty Friday to assault by beating. He received an eight-week suspended prison sentence and was told to pay Whitty 100 pounds ($140). The second defendant, Jonathan Chew, denied guilt and is scheduled to stand trial in November.

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