Statement by Doug Curella, chief of staff to State Sen. Mark Grisanti:
"The video released (Monday) is consistent with what Senator Mark Grisanti has stated previously. It is also consistent with the police report that was filed regarding the incident. Additionally, the Buffalo News has confirmed after watching the video that the senator used no racial epithets during the incident. This video shows only the final few minutes of a prolonged altercation on Senator Grisanti and his wife. People need to read the complete police report, which was taken moments after the altercation, to understand the totality of the incident - including the attack on Mrs. Grisanti.
"As for the interview earlier today with WGRZ-TV, Senator Grisanti believed the reporter was asking about the entire incident that evening, including the altercation on the video. Senator Grisanti never denied throwing punches in the police report and subsequent interviews."