A Supreme Court spokesperson just revealed that Chief Justice John Roberts was rushed to the hospital in June after experiencing an acute head injury.
The Washington Post reported on Tuesday that Roberts fell while at the Chevy Chase Club on June 21, sustaining a head injury that required overnight hospitalization.
According to the Post, “The 65-year-old chief justice was taken by ambulance to a hospital after the June 21 incident at the Chevy Chase Club, which was serious enough to require sutures. He stayed at the hospital overnight for observation, and was released the next morning.”
“The scene was apparently witnessed by some at the club, whose list of politically connected members includes another justice, Brett M. Kavanaugh. The person who told The Post about the incident said Roberts’s head was covered in blood,” the Post continued.
Supreme Court spokeswoman Kathleen Arberg confirmed the report, explaining that Roberts’ fall was likely due to dehydration, not seizures.
Roberts experienced two mysterious seizures, one in 1993 and one in 2007, but was never diagnosed with a seizure disorder.
Arberg said in her statement, “the Chief Justice was treated at a hospital on June 21 for an injury to his forehead sustained in a fall while walking for exercise near his home.”
“The injury required sutures, and out of an abundance of caution, he stayed in the hospital overnight and was discharged the next morning. His doctors ruled out a seizure. They believe the fall was likely due to light-headedness caused by dehydration.”
Roberts himself has not made a public statement concerning the matter, and Arberg did not offer any explanation as to why the incident was kept secret until this point.
Justice Roberts has made waves with some of his recent rulings. Once seen as a moderately right-leaning Justice, Roberts has sided with the liberal contingent of the court in a number of landmark decisions in the last month.
Because of his perceived defection to the left, Roberts has come under attack from many on the right, and Donald Trump has expressed his frustration with Roberts in recent weeks.
Roberts was appointed by former President George W. Bush in 2005.