Police: Man arrested for 'spitting' on organizer of 'Unite the Right' rally

A woman tackles Jason Kessler after his press conference was disrupted by protesters on Sunday outside City Hall in Charlottesville. (Photo: Andrew Shurtleff/The Daily Progress)

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WSET) -- A planned news conference by the organizer of the Unite the Right rally erupted into chaos as an angry mob chased him from outside City Hall on the Downtown Mall in Charlottesville.

At the conference, Jason Kessler said he wanted to "tell the story of what happened before the narrative continued to spin out of control."

While he was attempting to speak, he was drowned out by a chanting crowd and he was whisked away by police into the department's building.

He has since posted a video on Twitter explaining his side of what happened.

Virginia State Police have now charged Robert K. Litzenberger, 47, of Charlottesville with misdemeanor assault and battery after a trooper saw him spit on Kessler, according to the Daily Progress.

They reported that Kessler was walking away from his news conference at the time he was spit on.

There was no mugshot of the suspect because it is a misdemeanor charge and he was released on an unsecured bond.

Several in the crowd appraoched Kessler; he was shoved before he was punched and then he fled on foot.

10 people injured at the rally on Saturday were in good condition and nine have been discharged.

The hospital also says the it treated additional patients related to Saturday's events but that the hospital can't give an exact number.

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