Purvis Touchet (plaintiff) was a sales manager of a car dealership owned by Mark Hampton (defendant). After Touchet was terminated from the dealership by Hampton he went to work for an RV center. A couple of months later, Touchet telephoned Hampton three different times within a 15-minute period and left voicemail messages cursing and threatening Hampton. Several days later, Hampton went to the RV center to tell Touchet to stop harassing him. Hampton entered Touchet’s office and when Touchet turned to face him, Hampton struck Touchet in the face. Hampton repeatedly hit Touchet and had to be pulled off of him by other employees. Touchet sued Hampton for battery. During a bench trial, Hampton testified that he struck Touchet in self-defense, believing that Touchet was about to hit him. Hampton moved for an involuntary dismissal of Touchet’s claims. The trial court granted Hampton’s motion. Touchet appealed.