JANESVILLE, Wis. — Talk show host Geraldo Rivera and a Ku Klux Klansman were arrested after they scuffled during a Klan rally Sunday, police said.
Rivera, who was taken to a hospital, said he suffered a badly bitten thumb and cuts.
Rivera and John R. MacLaughlin, 42, of Champaign, Ill., were taken into custody at a rally attended by about 60 Klan members and a slightly larger number of anti-Klan demonstrators, said police Lt. Larry Loveland.
Rivera was arrested on a misdemeanor battery charge and MacLaughlin was arrested on a misdemeanor disorderly conduct charge, Loveland said.
Both men posted bail and were released after about three hours in jail.
Rivera said in a telephone interview with the Associated Press that he was in Janesville to tape the rally when one of the Klansmen began calling him names.
"He first called me a 'spic,' then a dirty Jew, then threw something at me and kicked me in the left leg," Rivera said. "Then I hit him back. Then we fell to the ground and I got on top and we were both arrested."