It was never specified when over the past several years Houck allegedly said those comments.
Defense attorney Brian McMonagle of the law firm McMonagle, Perri, McHugh, Mischak & Davis questioned Love on the witness stand.
McMonagle asked Love: “Do you remember saying [to Houck], ‘Why don’t you go home and masturbate?’”
“How about ‘hey a**hole?’” he asked.
He also asked Love if he remembered saying to Houck’s son, “Do you see how your dad is hurting women?”
“‘Your dad doesn’t care about women.’ Do you remember saying that?” he asked.
“‘I want nothing to do with your religion,’” McMonagle quoted Love as allegedly saying.
McMonagle then asked Father Jim Hutchins, chaplain for Houck’s sidewalk counseling apostolate, The King’s Men, to stand up.
“Remember calling him a f**** ahole?” McMonagle asked Love, referring to Hutchins.
Love answered in the negative to all of the accusations.
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Hutchins told CNA at the courthouse that Love is “lying through his teeth.”
The three witnesses who testified during the day said they saw Houck push down Love and that there was an argument or shouting happening.
One of the witnesses who was questioned, 31-year-old Steven Jeronimo, said that he didn’t remember exactly what Houck yelled but that he “did hear a mention of a kid.”
Ellen Weiss, 71, another witness whose first day as a clinic escort was on the day of the incident, also said Houck was “saying something about his son.”
Another witness, 39-year-old Tristan Dhan, said on the witness stand that he saw Houck, identified as the man who pushed Love, walking down the street with his son after the push.
When Love was asked by the defense if Houck shouted at him to “stay away from my son,” Love said that he didn’t recall those words, but that Houck might have said that.