Ex-UN worker accused of biting guard

August 11, 2009 5:27:57 AM PDT
A former United Nations employee who was upset about being passed over for a job has been accused of biting a security guard outside his boss's office. Nicola Baroncini was in Manhattan Criminal Court on Monday to face an assault charge. The Italian turned down a plea bargain and is due back in court Oct. 28.

Baroncini was working for the U.N. Development Program on June 22, when he claimed he lost out on a job because a U.N. envoy to Congo lobbied for his daughter to get it.

Baroncini went to a superior's office to complain. He says he was pepper-sprayed and assaulted by U.N. security.

A U.N. spokeswoman says Baroncini bit a security guard, who suffered a serious injury.

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