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Girl charged in PNC Park brawl: 'wish it never happened'



PITTSBURGH - A Greensburg father and daughter are facing a list of charges after an incident at PNC Park Saturday night.

According to police, a PNC Park security guard was escorting 21-year-old Rachel George out of the ballpark for smoking. A spokesperson for the Pirates said security warned the woman to stop smoking, and instead she lit another cigarette.

Authorities said as she was being escorted out of the right-field gate, her boyfriend assaulted the security guard and ran away. George then jumped on the security guard’s back, according to the criminal complaint.

Officials said George’s father, 51-year-old Christopher George, then joined the fight. Police said the security guard’s hand got caught in a fence, and his left middle finger was ripped off.

Off-duty police officers showed up to take the Georges into custody. According to police, Rachel George spit on a police officer and kicked another.

Police said the officer injured himself in self-defense.

The Georges are charged with aggravated assault, harassment, disorderly conduct, public intoxication and conspiracy, police said.

Meanwhile, the Georges' attorney said police may have used excessive force during the incident.

“While they might have been in a wild vocal manner, this went to a different level. Clearly if you saw the photos of my clients, particularly Ms. George, it looks as if Rachel had gone a couple rounds with Mike Tyson,” defense attorney Phil DiLucente said.

Rachel George spoke to Channel 11 News on Thursday and said she's sorry for the incident and, "I wish this didn't happen. I just want to say I’m very sad this all occurred.”

DiLucente said he hopes surveillance video will show how Rachel got the bruises she suffered in the incident.

“I am not suggesting that unreasonable force was used. I can tell you that the evidence suggests it was a substantial amount of force,” DiLucente said. “I think a picture is worth a thousand words.”

Authorities said the incident is still under investigation.