The Claim: Paul Pelosi and his attacker were in their underwear when police showed up
David DePape, who is accused of assaulting Paul Pelosi on Oct. 28, has been charged with attempted murder, assault with a deadly weapon and burglary, among others.
After the attack, social media users shared a variety of false claims about the incident. One such claim is that Pelosi and DePape were in their underwear when police arrived at the scene.
“Paul Pelosi and his assailant were half-naked when police arrived,” read an Oct. 28 Instagram post. “They were both in their underwear.”
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The post garnered more than 60,000 likes in the first four days. Similar iterations have been shared on Facebook, Instagram, and others Twitter.
The claims are wrong. A news outlet incorrectly reported that DePape was in his underwear at the time of the attack, but has since released a correction. DePape wore shorts while Pelosi wore a pajama shirt and boxer shorts, police said.
USA TODAY reached out to the social media user who shared the post for comment.
No evidence Pelosi and DePape were in their underwear
KTVU Fox 2 in the Bay Area initially reported that DePape was in his underwear when he was arrested, according to Politico. The news outlet has since corrected the error, adding an editor’s note at the bottom of its Oct. 28 article.
“CORRECT: A previous version of this story incorrectly stated what clothing the suspect was wearing when officers found him,” the note reads.
The district court criminal complaint states that DePape was wearing shorts at the time of the assault.
“Officers removed a cell phone, cash, Clipper cards and an unidentified card from DEPAPE’s right pants pocket,” the complaint reads.
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Pelosi was wearing a pajama shirt and boxer shorts at the time.
“Mr. Pelosi, who was asleep, was wearing a loose-fitting pajama shirt and boxer shorts,” District Attorney Brooke Jenkins said at an Oct. 31 news conference.
DePape has pleaded not guilty and remains in prison.
USA TODAY has reached out to the San Francisco Police Department for comment.
This claim has been refuted by PolitiFact, AP News and FactCheck.org.
Our rating: Wrong
Based on our research, we rate FALSE the claim that Pelosi and his attacker were in their underwear when police showed up. A news outlet incorrectly reported that DePape was in his underwear at the time of the attack, but has since corrected himself. DePape wore shorts and Pelosi wore a pajama shirt and boxer shorts.
Our fact check sources:
Politico, Oct 31, Prominent conservatives share online disinformation about attack on Paul Pelosi
KTVU Fox 2 Oct 28 Alleged Pelosi Intruder Has Conspiracy Theories Manifesto: Sources
US District Court for the Northern District of California, Oct. 31, criminal complaint
San Francisco District Attorney’s Office, October 31, Facebook post
PolitiFact Oct 31, Misinformation fuels false narratives about Paul Pelosi attack
AP News, November 1, False, unsubstantiated claims falsify attack on Paul Pelosi
FactCheck.org, November 1, Conservative figures make unsubstantiated claims about the attack on Paul Pelosi
USA TODAY, Nov 1, Alleged attacker of Paul Pelosi pleads not guilty in court; will remain imprisoned
USA TODAY, Nov. 2, Fact check: False claim that surveillance cameras weren’t working in Pelosi residence burglary
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This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Fact Check: Paul Pelosi and the alleged attacker were both clothed
https://news.yahoo.com/fact-check-paul-pelosi-alleged-185254979.html Paul Pelosi and the alleged attacker were both clothed when police arrived