Cayman Islands Speaker of the House McKeeva Bush was arrested Monday at a South Florida casino, two Florida law enforcement agencies confirmed Wednesday.
According to publicly available records in the U.S., Mr. Bush, 62, was arrested by Seminole Police late Monday night.
Allegations against him were stated as one count of “touch or strike/battery,” and records indicated that a cash bond of US$1,000 had been granted.
The arrest on a misdemeanor offense was made public on Wednesday, according to Broward County court records.
The Broward County Sheriff’s Department confirmed that the arrest occurred at a casino in Coconut Creek, Florida, which is just north of Fort Lauderdale.
“He was arrested at the casino,” said sheriff’s office spokesperson Jonathan Fishman.
A spokesman for the Seminole Police Department, Gary Bitner, released the following statement: “William McKeeva Bush was arrested by Seminole Police on Monday at 11:02 p.m. at the Seminole Casino Coconut Creek and charged with simple battery or misdemeanor battery.
“The arrest followed an interview with and sworn statement by the female employee victim and a review of surveillance video. According to the arresting officer, the surveillance video showed Mr. Bush allegedly wrapped his arm around the victim’s lower back and forcefully pulled the victim towards his direction.
“According to the arresting officer, the victim alleged [Mr. Bush] grabbed her buttocks while pulling her with his right arm.”
Seminole police declined to release the surveillance video of the incident to the Cayman Compass.
Mr. Bush, the former premier of the Cayman Islands, was overwhelmingly re-elected in West Bay during Cayman’s general election in May. He was contacted by the Compass but declined to comment, saying only that he would be making a statement later.
Mr. Bush’s Florida attorney, Keith Seltzer, said late Wednesday that there had been no court date set in the case and, according to State of Florida criminal procedure, Mr. Bush has not been “formally charged” with any offenses.
Mr. Seltzer said allegations against Mr. Bush “by one person” had led to the arrest. He said it was now up to a prosecutor to determine whether there was enough evidence to proceed with formal charges before the court.
“He has not appeared before the court, and he is not required to appear at this point,” Mr. Seltzer said.