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Tusitala Toese, once a close associate of Patriot Prayer leader Joey Gibson, appears in court, flanked by a Proud Boy.

KOIN 6 NEWS IMAGE - Tusitala Toese appeared in a Multnomah County courtroom for his first appearance on assault charges on October 7, 2019Tusitala Toese, a familiar right-wing protester known by his nickname "Tiny," made his first court appearance Monday on assault charges stemming from an incident in June 2018, KOIN 6 News reports.

Toese, 23, was arrested on October 4 at the Portland International Airport for outstanding warrants for 3rd- and 4th-degree assault.

After a 4-minute court appearance, Toese, who posted bail soon after being booked, spoke with reporters outside the courtroom while standing with David Machado, who described himself as being "in the Proud Boys."

Asked for comment about the case, Toese said, "I'm a proud western chauvinist and I refuse to apologize for creating a modern world."

The alleged victim in the case, Tim Ledwith, also spoke with reporters outside court.

"It's funny to show up when you don't want people to think you're part of a hate gang and with the hate gang," Ledwith said. "I don't have much to say. I just wished he stayed in Samoa."

Toese's next court appearance is scheduled for October 14.

KOIN 6 News is a media partner of the Portland Tribune.


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