A Miami city commissioner’s aide was arrested last week following a scuffle inside a Brickell Key restaurant.
Kimberly Bentley, a district director for downtown-area Commissioner Ken Russell, was stopped by a Miami police officer late Thursday night outside Brasserie Brickell Key and charged with misdemeanor battery. Bentley, 34, is accused of striking an employee of the restaurant after being asked to leave.
Russell responded to a text and phone call by issuing an emailed statement.
“I am aware that an incident took place on Thursday night involving Kimberly Bentley outside of work. I do not yet know all of the facts and am not inclined to comment on what happened,” the statement said. “I can say that Ms. Bentley is a highly valued member of my team who has been serving the community and my office without any problem.”
Russell said Bentley has been placed on administrative leave with pay until further notice. A phone call and text to Bentley’s cellphone Tuesday evening were not immediately returned.
According to her arrest report, Bentley — who is listed by police at 5-foot-6 and 125 pounds — ran into trouble at the rustic Italian eatery at 605 Brickell Key Dr. because she “was being extremely loud and causing a disturbance.” When she was asked to leave by employees, police say she began yelling and refused to budge.
“When they continued to tell her to leave, she swung her right arm around twice, backhanding the victim and then turned around and punched him in the face,” the affidavit states.
The officer who responded to the scene wrote that the unnamed man Bentley allegedly struck had a cut on his lip. Her arrest form shows she gave her address as Miami City Hall.
Bentley, whose arrest was first reported by blogger Al Crespo, posted bond the next day, according to court records. Reached Tuesday, a man who gave his name as Icaro Filgueiras and said he owned the venue didn’t want to talk about the incident.
“We’ve had it with that,” he said. “We don’t want to comment.”