Criminal Justice

Alleged rapist head-butts his lawyer in court


An accused rapist swore and head-butted his lawyer in court on Wednesday, according to a news report.

Minutes into the court hearing, Anthony Hawkins told his lawyer to “Shut the [expletive] up,” according to the account by KOMO News. Hawkins then head-butted his lawyer twice before deputies restrained the defendant, the story says.

The broadcast station does not identify the lawyer.

Hawkins, 39, is accused of raping a woman on May 19 as she was returning home from work. He has 39 criminal convictions, KOMO says. Prosecutors say five of the prior convictions were for indecent exposure, according to a prior story by SeattlePI.com.

The alleged rape took place four days after Hawkins was released from jail, where he was being held for violating supervision following an April 14 release from prison, KOMO says.

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