Probation ends early for man arrested at Warren event in Great Barrington

GREAT BARRINGTON — Probation has ended seven months early for a New York man who shoved a megaphone into the mouth of a U.S. Senate candidate in July.

Paul Solovay, 75, of Hillsdale, N.Y., had his probation rescinded Thursday by Judge Paul Vrabel in Southern Berkshire District Court after his attorney requested it.

Vrabel said that he didn't see any threat to public safety in ending Solovay's probation, originally set for 11 months on both the assault and battery and disorderly conduct charges, since he had already completed his court-ordered anger management classes.

The candidate, Shiva Ayyadurai, suffered a bloody lip in the July 22 incident outside the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center before a town hall hosted by U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren. Ayyadurai said two of his teeth were chipped after Solovay, angered by the candidate's lambasting of Warren supporters lined up for the event, pushed the bullhorn he was using.

After a brief scuffle, Solovay was held down in the road by an Ayyadurai supporter until his arrest.

It was all caught on video and aired by major news networks, then used by Ayyadurai to bolster his campaign.

Warren later denounced the episode, and Ayyadurai was pleased with Vrabel's sentencing of Solovay, saying it was a win for free speech.

Heather Bellow can be reached at or on Twitter @BE_hbellow and 413-329-6871.


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