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A Democratic candidate for the 18th Assembly District is facing a potential second brush with the law stemming from allegations of violence.

The Oakland Tribune reports that Joel Young, who was accused last year of domestic violence following a dispute with his former girlfriend, is now under investigation for allegedly threatening an Oakland City Council staffer at a Jan. 14 event.

(Jason) Overman, an aide to Councilmember Rebecca Kaplan, filed a police report Friday -- disputed by Young and his girlfriend -- stating that when he greeted Young during the event, Young told him, "Walk away before I beat your (expletive) (expletive), you piece of (expletive)."

Overman, 27, told police that Young, a 34-year-old attorney and former Cal football player, asked him to step outside and then put his face inches from Overman's and said, "You just wait until my campaign is over. I'm going to find you and beat your (expletive) (expletive), you (expletive)."

Young then "made a gurgling sound" and spat in Overman's eye before leaving the bar, according to Overman's account to police.

Young, who had not yet been contacted by authorities Monday, said he had a brief conversation that night with Overman, but denied making any threats. "None of that is true," Young said. "If I wasn't a candidate for the Assembly, I doubt Jason would be doing this."

Young is one of several Democrats expected to run for the vacant East Bay Assembly seat. His current girlfriend, who also attended the event, defended his account, saying Overman was jealous about their relationship, according to the Tribune.

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