FARGO – Two men who got into a scuffle outside North Dakota’s only abortion clinic over the weekend were both charged today in Fargo Municipal Court with disorderly conduct.
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Nik Severson, dressed as Jesus, was counterprotesting anti-abortion demonstrators at the Red River Women's Clinic in downtown Fargo on Sunday when Tyson Kuznia, a passer-by, allegedly spit on him.
Severson, 27, then grabbed 34-year-old Kuznia, threw him to the ground and sat on him keeping him from standing up, according to court records.
Severson and Kuznia, who were not arrested, will both receive summons to appear in court. Disorderly conduct is a misdemeanor charge.
On Sunday, Kuznia told The Forum he felt Severson was being "slanderous and intentionally rude" to the anti-abortion protesters.
Severson told the newspaper he did a “judo throw, like a leg sweep,” on Kuznia. He broke Kuznia's glasses and injured his knee in the process. In interviews, both men admitted to what authorities are alleging they did.
Severson had been protesting with provocative signs outside the clinic for about a week.
There have been anti-abortion protesters outside the clinic around-the-clock for the last few weeks as part of 40 Days For Life, a national effort to demonstrate against abortion. The 40-day event ends Sunday.