Perdue’s camp previously chalked the episode up to a misunderstanding. A spokeswoman said Perdue thought he was being asked to take a picture and went in to take a selfie.
“When he realized they didn’t actually want to take a picture, he gave the phone back,” she said.
The Georgia Tech student previously told the AJC that he had requested that the senator take a picture with his friend so he could ask a question and record the encounter, but declined when Perdue asked for his phone to take a selfie.
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"And then I started recording," said the student, who asked for anonymity out of fear of retribution and is not identified in the press release announcing the legal complaint.
He said that’s when Perdue “snatched my phone with the intent of stopping me from recording.”