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Paul Pelosi makes first public appearance since hammer attack

U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and husband Paul Pelosi attend the 45th Kennedy Center Honors at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., on Dec. 4, 2022. | Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images

Paul Pelosi has made his first public appearance since a brutal hammer attack at his home hospitalized him in on Oct. 28.

Pelosi appeared with his wife, Nancy Pelosi, the outgoing speaker of the House, at the Kennedy Center Honors on Sunday night in Washington, D.C.

Photos from the event show Pelosi wearing a hat. He suffered a fractured skull after the attack and underwent surgery.

President Joe Biden, first lady Jill Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, second gentleman Douglas Emhoff, and other high profile political figures attended the 45th Kennedy Center Honors, according to Politico.

U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and husband Paul Pelosi attend the 45th Kennedy Center Honors on Dec. 4, 2022. | Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images

David DePape, a 42-year-old suspect and Richmond resident, allegedly attacked Paul Pelosi with a hammer at the family's Pacific Heights after breaking in after 2 a.m.

DePape is said to have asked where the speaker was, and federal prosecutors believe she was the main target in the attack.

DePape faces federal charges of attempted kidnapping of a federal officer or employee, and of assault of an immediate family member of a federal official.

DePape also faces felony charges from the San Francisco District Attorney's Office.

DePape has pleaded not guilty to both federal and state charges. He will next appear in court on Dec. 14.

Joe Burn can be reached at jburn@sfstandard.com