Former Australian prime minister Tony Abbott has claimed he was headbutted by a supporter of same sex marriage, which he strongly opposes.
Mr Abbott, who led the country for two years before being ousted in 2015, was walking back to his hotel in Hobart in Tasmania after a meeting with a newspaper editor when a man called out to him, according to local media.
“A fellow sung out at me ‘Hey, Tony’, I turned around, there was a chap wearing a vote ‘Yes’ badge,” he said.”He says ‘I want to shake your hand’. I went over to shake his hand and he headbutted me. He wasn’t very good at it, I’ve got to say. But he did make contact. The only damage was a very, very slightly swollen lip.”
“He didn’t have a bloody nose or break his nose or anything like that,” a spokesman for Mr Abbott had earlier told AAP, while refusing to elaborate on the incident or injuries. Read more