Xerxes A. Wilson / Houma Courrier
Councilmen Jerry Lafont and John Arnold confronted each other over a comment Lafont made during the meeting about a strip club Arnold owns, authorities and other council members said.
Accounts vary over what actually happened when the two confronted each other outside the Mathews Government Complex after the meeting ended, but Lafont told Lafourche sheriff's deputies that Arnold had shoved him and he wanted him held accountable.
Arnold wasn't arrested or ticketed.
Lafourche sheriff's Capt. Roy Gros took statements from bystanders. Authorities will review the case starting today and determine of further action is warranted, they said.
That is because the two councilmen had differing accounts of what happened, and nobody witnessed the alleged shove, Gros said.
'I walked out the door and he got after me, mad about the strip-club comment,' Lafont told a Daily Comet reporter who asked what transpired.
During the meeting, the council was discussing money that had been taken from a drainage-project account to resurface a street in Arnold's district when Lafont made the comment Arnold found offensive.
'Mr. Arnold keeps bringing up the safety of kids, and that plays a role, we all have kids. But Mr. Arnold you own a strip club, and I'm not too fond of strip clubs. I don't necessarily think those are good for kids,' Lafont said during the meeting.
This clearly annoyed Arnold who said the comment was irrelevant and said solely to make him look bad. Arnold owns the G-Spot Bar off La. 1 near Lafourche Crossing.
In the parking lot outside, Arnold said, he 'just put my arm up to keep him out of my face. I can't believe he is going to press charges for that.'
Arnold apologized to Lafont while deputies took witness statements, but Lafont didn't respond.