The claim: Paul Pelosi and his attacker were in their underwear when police showed up
David DePape, accused of attacking Paul Pelosi on Oct. 28, has been charged with attempted murder, assault with a deadly weapon and burglary, among other counts.
Following the attack, social media users have shared a variety of false claims regarding the incident. One of these claims is that Pelosi and DePape were in their underwear when police arrived at the scene.
“Paul Pelosi & his attacker were half naked when the police showed up,” says an Oct. 28 Instagram post. “They were both in their underwear.”
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The claims are false. A news outlet mistakenly reported that DePape was in his underwear at the time of the attack, but has since published a correction. DePape was wearing shorts while Pelosi was wearing a pajama shirt and boxer shorts, police said.
USA TODAY reached out to the social media user who shared the post for comment.
No evidence that Pelosi and DePape were in their underwear
KTVU Fox 2 in the Bay Area initially reported that DePape was in his underwear when apprehended, according to Politico. The news outlet has since corrected the mistake, adding an editor’s note to the bottom of its Oct. 28 article.
“CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story misstated what clothing the suspect was wearing when officers found him,” reads the note.
The district court’s criminal complaint says DePape was wearing shorts at the time of the attack.
“Officers removed a cell phone, cash, clipper cards and an unidentified card from DEPAPE’s right shorts pocket,” reads the complaint.
Pelosi was wearing a pajama shirt and boxers at the time.
“Mr. Pelosi, who was sleeping, was wearing a loose-fitting pajama shirt and boxer shorts,” District Attorney Brooke Jenkins said at an Oct. 31 press conference.
DePape has pleaded not guilty and remains in jail.
USA TODAY reached out to the San Francisco Police Department for comment.
Our rating: False
Based on our research, we rate FALSE the claim that Pelosi and his attacker were in their underwear when police showed up. A news outlet mistakenly reported that DePape was in his underwear at the time of the attack but has since corrected itself. DePape was wearing shorts, and Pelosi was wearing a pajama shirt and boxer shorts.
Our fact-check sources:
KTVU Fox 2, Oct. 28, Alleged Pelosi intruder has manifesto of conspiracy theories: sources
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, Oct. 31, Criminal Complaint
San Francisco District Attorney’s Office, Oct. 31, Facebook post
PolitiFact, Oct. 31, Misinformation fuels false narratives about attack on Paul Pelosi
AP News, Nov. 1, False, unfounded claims distort attack on Paul Pelosi
FactCheck.org, Nov. 1, Conservative Figures Spread Baseless Claims About Attack on Paul Pelosi
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This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Fact check: Paul Pelosi and alleged attacker were both clothed