A man accused of sexually assaulting a teenage girl was punched in the face outside a Las Vegas courtroom, video of the confrontation shows.
Yousuf Azami, 59, appeared in court Tuesday for his preliminary hearing on charges of kidnapping, lewdness and sexual assault of a teenage girl, KLAS reported.
At one point before the hearing, Azami walked out of the courtroom and began walking down the hallway of the Las Vegas Justice Court, video obtained by the broadcasts.
Glenn Cromwell Jr., believed to be related to the victim in the case, then gets up from a bench where he was sitting and follows Azami into the hallway and confronts him, video shows.
The two appear to briefly exchange words before Cromwell punches Azami in the face – hard enough to hit him on the butt, according to the clip.
Cromwell continues to punch and kick Azami as several people, including a police officer, sprint towards them and break up the fight.
Cromwell was taken into custody and charged with battery, according to KLAS.
In Azami’s case, he was charged after a teenage girl ran away to the Mirage Hotel on September 3 and reported that he allegedly raped her. The girl’s age was not disclosed in court documents, but she was 14 or 15 at the time of the attack.
The teen told police she was walking around looking for “something to smoke and eat” when she encountered Azami in the parking lot of a marijuana dispensary. She got in her car and they drove to her apartment.
While at his house, the girl began to doze off when Azami lay down behind her.
“She stated that she felt his pelvis ‘grinding’ against her and that he was not wearing any clothes,” according to court documents.
The girl asked Azami to stop, took a shower and fled the apartment wearing the suspect’s clothing.
Near the Mirage, she found a man picking up her wife and telling her that “she had been kidnapped and raped and she needed the police,” according to documents.
Azami, a native of Afghanistan and an actor, denied having any sexual contact with the teen, police said. He also said he did not know the girl’s age.
He was arrested and released on $5,000 bail, KLAS reported. He is due back in court on February 20.
Cromwell was released on his own recognizance and is scheduled to appear in court on March 19.
The fight took place in the same building where a man jumped over the bench and attacked a female judge after she denied him probation.
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