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BATON ROUGE — Rep. Stuart Bishop and Sen. Norby Chabert issued public apologies in the Capitol here Wednesday following an overnight fistfight between the two in a Baton Rouge bar.

“The integrity of this body is one thing I cherish and hold dear,” Bishop told House members after a story about the incident was published by USA Today Network. “If I embarrassed any of you, I truly apologize.”

Bishop then jokingly said to colleagues, “The next time it will be dueling guns.”

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Chabert, whose brother and father previously served in the Senate, was similarly contrite when he addressed colleagues in the Senate, saying he “brought dishonor” on the chamber.

“I grew up in this chamber and in no way would I want to disparage anyone here,” he told fellow senators. “We’re both better men than that and I humbly apologize.”

Bishop, R-Lafayette, told USA Today Network that Chabert, R-Houma, “punched me several times” during the altercation.

“We had a gentleman’s disagreement and settled it with our hands,” Bishop said.

Police were called, but Bishop said he and Chabert had already left the bar and no arrests were made.

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