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Attorney: Billy Busch was standing up for his bullied son leading to assault charge

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ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) -

A member of the Busch family is facing an assault charge after a run-in with a sixth grader.

Billy Busch, the great-grandson of Anheuser-Busch founder Adolphus Busch, allegedly had an altercation with the sixth-grade student at his son's school, Chaminade College Preparatory High School, on Nov. 16, 2017.

Several witnesses told police that Busch tried to intervene in a fight between his son and one of his teammates during basketball practice. Police said Busch allegedly grabbed the 11-year-old boy and pushed him into a wall. 

According to authorities, Busch and the boy were broken up by other adults who were watching the practice.

The boy was not injured, police said.

Attorney Scott Rosenblum, who is representing Busch, released the following statement:

Mr. Busch was unfortunately confronted last November with a situation where his son was bullied -- actually sucker-punched -- by a much larger middle school student directly in front of him during a school basketball practice. School personnel failed to react, so he did what every parent would have done in that situation. The school's video of the event clearly shows that Mr. Busch did not act with any maliciousness, and that his actions were directed at protecting the safety of his son and others involved.

Busch later released the below statement regarding the incident:

I want to set the record straight regarding recent news stories written about me that have been greatly exaggerated and blown out of proportion.

I did not punch, slap, strike or cause physical harm to a middle school student.

As a father who saw a student bully and sucker punch my son at a basketball practice, I intervened and removed the young man from the gym after he also slapped me in the face.

The school’s video of the event clearly shows that I did not strike, punch, hit, or cause physical harm to the young man and that my intention was not malicious, but rather was an attempt to protect my son.

Monday morning, Chaminade College Preparatory School released a statement:

This matter involved two students, who at the time were enrolled in Chaminade Preparatory Middle School, and a parent. Following the incident, Chaminade immediately hot-lined the Missouri Department of Family Services who then contacted the Creve Coeur Police Department. Chaminade has cooperated fully with the Creve Coeur Police Department’s investigation and is allowing due process to take place. Due to Family and Student Privacy Rights, Chaminade will not provide any additional information. Chaminade holds the care and well-being of all of our students as our top priority. 

Busch, 58, is due in court Wednesday.

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