The Speaker of the House of the Cayman Islands was arrested by Seminole Police Monday night at the Seminole Casino Coconut Creek.
McKeeva Bush, 62, a former prime minister of the British Overseas Territory, allegedly tried to grab the buttocks of a female casino employee, according to Seminole PD Spokesman Gary Bitner.
Bush, a controversial political figure in the Cayman Islands who was arrested in a corruption probe five years ago, was charged with misdemeanor battery and released on $1,000 bond early Tuesday.
“The arrest followed an interview with and sworn statement by the female employee victim and a review of surveillance video,” Bitner said in a statement. “… 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 [Bush] grabbed her buttocks while pulling her with his right arm.”
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Keith Seltzer, Bush’s lawyer in Fort Lauderdale, did not comment on how he plans to defend his client.
Bush, meanwhile, isn’t a stranger to the wrong side of the bars of a prison cell.
In 2012 in the tropical tax haven, Bush was ensnared in a corruption investigation that eventually cost him his job.
United Democratic Party boss Bush was prime minister when he was accused of using a government credit card in Las Vegas and importing explosive materials.
He was removed from his prime minister office but was found not guilty of all charges in 2014.