AC Mayor, Councilman Mix it Up in Late Night Casino ‘Incident’
Atlantic City Mayor Frank Gilliam and a city councilman from Atlantic City were involved in "an incident" early Sunday morning, Atlantic County officials announced.
The Atlantic County Prosecutor's office said the incident took place early Sunday morning in the Haven Night Club at the Golden Nugget Hotel and Casino and involved Gilliam, Atlantic City Councilman Jeffree Fauntleroy II, and three other people, according to a statement.
Harry Hurley of Townsquare Media station WPG Talkradio in Atlantic City first broke news of the incident Sunday non his Facebook page. Hurley reported unnamed sources told him video of the incident shows Gillam "punching and choking a female security guard" at the Haven nightclub inside the hotel. Both Gilliam and Fauntleroy were charged with assault, according to Hurley's sources.
The Press of Atlantic City reported Sunday evening that they had been given access to the video, which showed...
...the two elected officials exited through a side door of the club and stood in the parking area with a small group, including an unidentified woman, and had an animated discussion. Another man then exited the same side door and approached the group.
It is unclear who initiated the first contact but a fight ensued that lasted about 45 seconds. The late-arriving man retreated from the group and was followed by Gilliam and another individual. Gilliam exchanged several punches with the retreating man. The woman was yelling at Gilliam and the other two men. No one hit the woman during the fight.
A man in a black blazer went to follow the other three. The man began to remove his jacket, when Fauntleroy grabbed him from behind and violently tossed him to the ground. The man got back up and he and Fauntleroy raised their fists against each other.
Moments later, the melee died down, Gilliam entered a black Chevy Suburban and exited the property at 2:27 a.m. Fauntleroy and another individual got into a different vehicle and left shortly after.
After initially denying that the incident had happened, Mayor Gilliam is now refusing to comment until his lawyer has had a chance to review the video. On Sunday night, The Press of Atlantic City reported that Fauntleroy said he had still not received a complaint or heard from law enforcement.
Atlantic City Police Department spokesman Sgt. Kevin Fair referred all questions to the county prosecutor. The casino declined comment on the matter.
Sources: Townsquare Media's Harry Hurley/ Atlantic County Prosecutor's office/Press of Atlantic City