Gloria Marie James, the mother of Miami Heat player LeBron James, was arrested in Miami Beach early Thursday morning after getting into an altercation with a valet at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach Hotel.
Hotel parking attendant Sorel Rockfeller, claimed he was assaulted by James, 42, who became angered because her car was taking too long to be delivered. James was apparently out with friends and left the hotel shortly before 5 a.m.
Police said several witnesses supported Rockfellers account.
Police said James and the driver of the vehicle were initially uncooperative with the investigating officer.
According to a Miami Beach press release, James was apparently intoxicated with bloodshot eyes and smelled of alcohol on her breath.
She was arrested, processed at the Miami Beach Police Department and issued a Promise to Appear before she was released. She was charged with simple battery and disorderly intoxication.
This is the second time she has been arrested. In 2006, she faced DWI charges while living in Ohio. According to reports, she kicked out the window of a police car. She was also charged with speeding for driving 50 mph in a 30-mph zone, reckless operation, disorderly conduct and damaging police equipment.
James moved to Miami after her son signed with the Heat. The team played against the Milwaukee Bucks in Miami Wednesday night and lost.
Aspokesperson for the Fontainebleau, issued this statement:
There was an incident involving Mrs. Gloria James and an employee of our valet parking provider while she was exiting the hotel early Thursday morning.
Fontainebleau Miami Beach has no further comment at this time as it is an ongoing Miami Beach Police matter.
Any further requests for details or questions should be referred to Miami Beach Police PIO.
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