WARWICK, R.I. — A former Rhode Island lawmaker is denying he assaulted another man last month.

WPRI-TV reports (http://bit.ly/2stYOLA ) former House Minority Leader Robert Watson pleaded not guilty Monday in Warwick to charges of simple assault and disorderly contact.

Police say Watson was arrested May 26 after he hit a 47-year-old man who was driving him to court with a padlock in East Greenwich. Authorities say Watson left the vehicle and then got into an altercation when the driver followed him.

Police say a homeowner called the police.

The former legislator was arrested in 2016 by East Greenwich police. Police say Watson broke a bank’s glass door.


Information from: WPRI-TV, http://www.wpri.com