Former EDL leader Tommy Robinson punches a man at Royal Ascot in shocking footage – but says he was acting in self defence

The Sun 10 months ago

THIS is the shocking moment former EDL leader Tommy Robinson punches a man repeatedly at Royal Ascot – but he says he was acting in self defence.

A coach dashcam captured the moment the right-wing activist – real name Stephen Christopher Yaxley-Lennon – appears to push a man to the ground in a fit of anger.

Former EDL leader Tommy Robinson is seen brawling with another man at Royal Ascot

Former EDL leader Tommy Robinson is seen brawling with another man at Royal Ascot

Robinson appears to punch the other man as he lies on the ground

Robinson appears to punch the other man as he lies on the ground

Robinson has claimed he was acting in self defence

Robinson has claimed he was acting in self defence

Robinson – wearing a black suit and shirt – then appears to throw about seven punches at the man before three others step in to separate the pair.

Journalist Assed Baig said: ”Eye witness told me that Tommy Robinson threw the first punch after a verbal with the man.”

He claimed he was told the other man was “not agressive”.

It is not known if a complaint against Robinson has been made to cops, with the footage reportedly shot at about 7pm yesterday.

Robinson tweeted a statement today saying he had been acting in “self defence”.

He said: ”This is regarding an edited video being shared online regarding Tommy.

“Tommy was at the races with his wife. This man followed them both to their coach abusing them.

“Tommy and his wife went to board the coach but the man was not finished he attacked Tommy and dragged Tommy from the coach.

“The man followed, instigated and attacked Tommy when he was with his wife. Tommy acted in self defence.”

The dramatic scenes were caught on a coach's dash cam

The dramatic scenes were caught on a coach’s dash cam

A man intervenes in a bid to break up the brawl

A man intervenes in a bid to break up the brawl

Piers Morgan tells ex-EDL boss Tommy Robinson he's a 'bigoted lunatic' as he waves around a Qur'an

Robinson later tweeted Mr Baig: ''Is your witness a Muslim who had already had words with Tommy?''

Earlier in the day Robinson had shared a video of himself on a coach travelling to the event.

This week Piers Morgan called Robinson a “bigoted lunatic stirring up hatred” as he appeared on Good Morning Britain.

As Robinson pulled out a copy of the Koran, Piers blasted him, saying: “Show some damn respect for people’s religious beliefs.

“You’re sounding like a complete lunatic. You’re sounding like a bigoted lunatic.

“You’re stirring up hatred. You’re being a complete disgrace.”

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