10/27/2010 12:44 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Daniel Chitic: Traian Basescu, Romanian President, Slapped Me

Romanian President Traian Basescu is facing assault charges after a dinner altercation in which he allegedly slapped an associate, the Telegraph is reporting.

Lawyer Daniel Chitic claims the president hit him after a tense exchange outside a restaurant on the Black Sea coast. As Basescu was leaving the restaurant, Chitic says he said, "Shame on you!" Basescu reportedly returned the jibe by calling the lawyer "an idiot" and slapping him across the face.

The president's office denied the assault, but confirmed that an unnamed person insulted Basescu that night, according to reports.

This is the second time the president has been accused of a physical attack. In 2009, a video surfaced that allegedly showed Basescu striking a 10-year-old boy in the face in 2004 when he was still mayor of Bucharest.

Watch that video footage here: