The US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s husband Paul was “violently assaulted” early this morning after someone broke into their California home.
Paul Pelosi was rushed to hospital after the assault, where he is still receiving care, but is expected to make a full recovery, reports Jamie Johnson, in Washington.
Ms Pelosi was not at home during the attack, and the assailant has been arrested, though the motive is not yet known.
The assailant has been arrested and the 82-year-old is in hospital recovering, Dan Hammill, a spokesman for Ms Pelosi, said in a statement.
The Democratic House speaker, who is second in line to the US presidency, was not in their San Francisco residence at the time of the assault.
The statement posted on her website said: “Early this morning, an assailant broke into the Pelosi residence in San Francisco and violently assaulted Mr. Pelosi.
“The assailant is in custody and the motivation for the attack is under investigation.
“Mr. Pelosi was taken to the hospital, where he is receiving excellent medical care and is expected to make a full recovery. The Speaker was not in San Francisco at the time.
“The Speaker and her family are grateful to the first responders and medical professionals involved, and request privacy at this time.”
It is understood that US Capitol Police will also be part of the investigation, alongside San Francisco Police, given Ms Pelosi’s job.
Mr Pelosi, who owns a San Francisco-based real estate and venture capital firm, was recently convicted of a misdemeanour charge of driving under the influence of alcohol after becoming involved in a car accident in May.
The 82-year-old was sentenced to five days in jail in Napa County, California and given three years probation.