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Paul Pelosi’s alleged attacker ‘mentally ill’, says his ex


The man who allegedly attacked Paul Pelosi with a hammer has been “mentally ill for a long time”, his former partner says in a new interview.

Oxane Taub, who goes by the name “Gypsy” and is a known activist for public nudity in the Bay Area, said she has known maniacal defendant David DePape for more than 20 years and is the mother of his children.​​

“He’s mentally ill. He’s been mentally ill for a long time,” Taub told ABC7 on an appeal from the California Institution for Women, where she’s serving time after being convicted last year of abducting a boy. 14-year-old near his Berkeley high school.

Taub said DePape — with whom she raised their two sons and daughter until she left about seven years ago — has started to get entangled in conspiracy theories in recent months.

Oxana “Gypsy” Taub says her former partner, David DePape, has been “mentally ill for years.”
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She described DePape, 42, as “in very bad shape” when he returned home after being missing for a year.

“He thought he was Jesus,” Taub told the station. “He was constantly paranoid, thinking people were after him. And it took a good year or two to get back to, you know, half normal.

Paul Pelosi’s alleged attacker ‘mentally ill’, says his ex
Friends of David DePape said he lived on a school bus parked outside Oxana “Gypsy” Taub’s home in California.
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Taub was asked if his ex had ever been aggressive towards politicians or held extreme political beliefs.

“Well, when I met him he was only 20, and he had no experience in politics, and he was totally on board with my views and I’ve always been very progressive” , she said.

Paul Pelosi’s alleged attacker ‘mentally ill’, says his ex
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and her husband Paul. David DePape is accused of attacking Paul Pelosi with a hammer at his San Francisco home on Friday.
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Taub told the outlet that she “absolutely” admires Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and said she offered her “deepest apologies” to the California Democrat and her husband “for the terrible tragic thing that happened. produced”.

Paul Pelosi’s alleged attacker ‘mentally ill’, says his ex
Oxana “Gypsy” Taub, a vocal advocate for public nudity, spoke at a San Francisco Board of Supervisors meeting in November 2012.
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DePape faces attempted murder and other charges after he allegedly broke into the couple’s San Francisco home on Friday and attacked 82-year-old Paul Pelosi with a hammer.

Paul Pelosi’s alleged attacker ‘mentally ill’, says his ex
Oxana “Gypsy” Taub kisses Jaymz Smith at their nude wedding outside San Francisco City Hall in December 2013.
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After breaking into the house, DePape allegedly shouted “Where’s Nancy?” before trying to tie her husband up, saying they would wait “until Nancy gets home.”

The speaker at the time was in Washington, DC.

Nancy Pelosi said her family were “heartbroken and traumatised” by the attack on her husband, who suffered a fractured skull.

“Yesterday morning a violent man broke into our family home, demanded to confront me and brutally attacked my husband Paul,” she wrote in a letter to her congressional colleagues on Saturday. “Our children, our grandchildren and I are heartbroken and traumatized by the potentially fatal attack on our Pop.”

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