COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (CBS4) – Anti-tax crusader Douglas Bruce is defending his actions in a Denver courthouse, saying a woman was harassing him and a Colorado Springs city councilwoman by holding a phone less than a foot from his face.

The woman, Dede Laugesen, says Bruce grabbed her as she tried to question the councilwoman.

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Dede Laugesen (credit: CBS)

Dede Laugesen (credit: CBS)

A reporter with the CBS affiliate in Colorado Springs, KKTV, talked with both Laugesen and Bruce.

“The look in his eyes was one of malice and violence and I was afraid at that point in time, and he reconsidered and shoved the phone back into my hands,” Laugesen said.

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(credit: Dede Laugesen)

(credit: Dede Laugesen)

The reporter asked Bruce, known for his outlandish comments and actions, if he thinks he has a temper.

“I don’t have a temper. I said I’ve never hit a woman in my life and I’m not going to make an exception for her or for anybody else. I am not a violent person. They make this stuff up,” Bruce said.

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There’s now a warrant for Bruce’s arrest. He was in Denver for a hearing on a probation violation related to his tax evasion conviction.