State Sen. Mark Grisanti released the following statement Sunday regarding the altercation that took place on Feb. 10:
"My wife, Maria, and I continue to stand by our account on what happened the night of Friday, Feb. 10. at the Seneca Niagara Casino. We have provided a full description of the activities that took place to the Niagara Falls Police Department to assist them in their ongoing investigation.
"I have said numerous times, that I do not hold the Seneca Nation, Seneca president, or the Seneca Tribal Council responsible for this isolated and unfortunate event. We deeply regret the fallout that has ensued following this unfortunate turn of events against the Seneca Nation and its people. I have always had a strong relationship with the Seneca Nation.
"I was always taught when you make a mistake or do something wrong apologies are in order. However, we will not apologize for the vicious attack that took place against my wife, Maria. We did not do anything wrong. All of my actions were instinctive to protect my wife, and are what any other man would have done under these circumstances. As far as I'm concerned, the incident was not over until my wife was safely in my arms.
"Additionally, we would also like to let the public know that our family has made a decision to press charges against Maria's attackers. It is time to let the law enforcement and judicial systems do its job.
"We have always been trying to achieve full transparency. We have no problem and we encourage the Seneca Niagara Casino to release the tapes."
-Sen. Mark Grisanti