'Chivalrous' Knight arrested for 'defending girlfriend's honor'

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) - A North Charleston man was arrested Sunday afternoon in downtown Charleston on charges he assaulted another man.

But the accused attacker, identified by police as 44-year-old William Knight, said he did it to defend the honor of his girlfriend.

According to Charleston police, officers were flagged down by a person at Columbus and Hanover streets and alerted to a fist fight on America Street near Trident Tech's downtown campus.

The victim told officers Knight punched him in the mouth while he was waiting in the feeding line at the park. The report states the victim was bleeding from his mouth, but he turned down EMS treatment.

The man did tell police he wanted Knight arrested, however.

When police spoke to Knight, he reportedly admitted to throwing the first punch, but only because the 62-year-old victim cut in front of him and called his girlfriend fat, the report states.

"I couldn't let him talk about my woman like that. I had to defend her honor. Any chivalrous man would do the same," Knight told police, according to the report.

Police noted Knight was slurring his words, bleeding from his mouth, and had a pair of cuts on his head.

Knight also turned down treatment from EMS.

He was arrested and charged with simple assault. He was treated at Medical University Hospital and released back into the custody of police

He is being held at the Charleston County Detention Center with a court date slated for Tuesday afternoon.