Former Boston Grand Prix president John Casey has been charged with assault after allegedly kicking a female photographer from the Boston Herald following a court appearance on Wednesday.

Mr Casey 53, was in court on Wednesday as part of a civil suit brought against the organisers of the defunct Grand Prix of Boston Verizon IndyCar Series race which had been scheduled to take place over the Labor Day weekend in 2016 but was dropped from the calendar at short notice after organisers pulled out of their hosting contract.

Mr Casey’s assets were recently frozen as part of the lawsuit against him for the failed IndyCar race. Mr Casey deeply regretted the incident involving the photography saying:

It was an aggressive move. I felt like I was defending myself. I regret it,

Casey appeared in court on Thursday where he was charged with assault and battery with a deadly weapon and held on $1,200 bail and ordered to stay away from the female photographer.

Mr Casey is due back in court on March 30.

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