Gary Landrieu, a frequent political candidate who ran second last week for a U.S. Congressional seat, allegedly followed a former lover, threatened her and drove off while pulling her ponytail.
The arrest warrant linked to the incident sheds additional detail on the altercation last Friday night, just days after the election.
Landrieu has been released from jail and is now facing an aggravated battery charge. His attorney says the incident was strictly a minor dispute, and that authorities overcharged Landrieu.
On Friday night in the French Quarter, Landrieu, driving a white Denali pickup truck, allegedly followed his child’s mother to the intersection of Barracks and Decatur streets.
He drove up on the sidewalk, pulling alongside the woman, grabbed her by the jaw and told her: “If you continue to hang around these kind of people you’re going to be trash,” the arrest warrant states.
She broke free of his grasp momentarily, but he grabbed her ponytail, according to police. He then drove off while grasping the ponytail, pulling her with him, according to the warrant. The woman refused medical treatment, according to police.
She and Landrieu previously lived together and they have a small child, according to the warrant. The woman’s friend told police she witnessed the altercation.
Landrieu’s attorney, Thomas Calogero, said Tuesday that there was no weapon used, nor implied, and that his client should not have been booked with aggravated battery.
“The offense at worst, at worst, is a misdemeanor and not a felony,” Calogero said. “There were no injuries. He allegedly pulled her hair very briefly for a second. “
Landrieu appeared in magistrate court Monday evening and was ordered held on $15,000 bond. A protective order was also issued. Landrieu was released from jail shortly later.
He is the cousin of Mayor Mitch Landrieu and the son of former Orleans Parish School Board member Phyllis Landrieu. He is the president of Landrieu Construction.
Landrieu ran second in last week's District 2 congressional election, garnering 25 percent of the vote, to incumbent Cedric Richmond's 55 percent.
Landrieu also ran earlier this year for an at-large post on the New Orleans City Council, in the race eventually won by Stacy Head.