Florida city official shown fighting at restaurant after getting banned from strip club

By Arturo Garcia
Tuesday, March 25, 2014 20:58 EDT
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Daytona Beach City Commissioner Carl Lentz [WKMG-TV]
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Footage of a member of the Daytona Beach City Commission fighting a restaurant manager was released a week after he was banned from a local strip club for allegedly soliciting sex, WKMG-TV reported on Tuesday.

The surveillance video showed Commissioner Carl Lentz’s November 2013 altercation at LuLu’s Oceanside Grill, which allegedly began after the manager, Brett MacIver, believed Lentz insulted MacIver’s sister, Brooke MacIver, who was working as a bartender at the time. Police documents stated that Lentz asked MacIver at one point, “Do you know who I am?”

The Daytona Beach News-Journal reported that Lentz and a friend were at the bar and asked Brooke MacIver to take her sweater off. Lentz later allegedly called her “slow,” which was misheard by Brett MacIver, who in turn asked Lentz and his friend to leave. They initially complied, but returned soon afterwards

Police stated that the disagreement turned physical after Lentz pulled Brooke MacIver by her hair and grabbed her. No arrests were made, but authorities noted that Lentz, who was elected in 2012, “smelled strongly of alcoholic beverages and was slurring his speech.”

The video was released less than a week after Lentz was issued a trespass warning for allegedly harassing a female server at Club Tropic after she refused to have sex with him.

“He tried to go behind the bar and I stood in his way,” a club employee was quoted as saying. “I know Carl. He said he was going to call the chief and have us shut down.”

WKMG reported that Lentz also allegedly offered the club less attention from law enforcement in exchange for having sex with the server.

Lentz was not arrested following the encounter. WESH-TV reported at the time that he denied threatening the club, saying, “I wouldn’t never shut anyone down. I’m a businessman. I appreciate business.”

According to WKMG, neither the commission nor Daytona Beach Mayor Derrick Henry has commented on the incidents. The next commission meeting is scheduled for April 2.

“No charges have been filed in either occurrence,” Lentz’z attorney, Lauren Koleilat, said in a statement. “These matters are being blown out of proportion due to my client’s status as a public figure.”

Watch WKMG’s report, as aired on Tuesday, below.

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Arturo Garcia
Arturo Garcia
Arturo R. García is the managing editor at Racialicious.com. He is based in San Diego, California and has written for both print and broadcast media, including contributions to GlobalComment.com, The Root and Comment Is Free. Follow him on Twitter at @ABoyNamedArt
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