TODAY   |  October 03, 2013

Wife of biker attack victim: Husband ‘forced’ to drive away

The wife of Alex Lien, the man who was attacked by bikers in Manhattan earlier this week, has issued a statement saying the family sympathizes with the injured biker who was run over by Lien, but said her husband was “forced” into taking the actions he did to “protect his family.”

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>> morning, we are showing some video that you probably have seen now during the woke because for the first time, we're hearing from the family that was targeted in that startling case of road rage here in new york . i'm matt lauer along with savannah guthrie , al roker and carson daly .

>> in the end, it's the wife of the person in the sumpb, she's there with her 2-year-old daughter as well when her husband was pulled out and beaten. she has just released a statement. this is the first we are hearing from her. quote, our plan was to celebrate our wedding anniversary by having a family day with our 2-year-old daurkts unfortunately, instead, we were placed in danger with a mob of motorcyclists. our sympathies go out to the injured motorcyclist and his family. however, we were faced with a life-threatennings situation, and my husband was forced under the circumstances to take the actions that we did in order to protect our lives of our entire family. our fears were concerned when the attack were taken on us. we know in our hearts, we could not have done anything differently. we believe anyone faced with that sort of grave danger would have taken the same course of action in order to protect their family.

>> the statement goes on, we would like to thank the citizens who intervened on our behalf, they prevented my husband from suffering further injury. we appreciate and are moved by the outpouring of lover and support so many expressed here in new york and around the country.

>> that is coming to us, that's the statement of the wife of the man in the suv and beaten.

>> this incident is not only a new york story. this has been seen all across the country. i would imagine social media has been reacting to this over the lost several dae last several days. it's hard to see that footage. you see the family.

>> what would you do in that situation?