La. state senator pleads not guilty to domestic battery

La. state senator pleads not guilty to domestic battery

NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - A Louisiana state senator from Geismar pleaded not guilty Monday after being arrested in New Orleans.

Troy Brown was taken into custody Sunday at 1 a.m. and booked with domestic abuse battery. He bonded out a few hours later. Brown's lawyer, state Sen. Ed Murray, entered the plea Monday on Brown's behalf.

Officers were called to the Hyatt Hotel in the 600 block of Loyola Avenue around 9:40 p.m. on Saturday.The alleged victim, described in court documents as the married senator's "side friend" of 10 years, told investigators she got into an argument with Brown.

The woman and a female friend decided to leave the room. While they were waiting for an elevator, Brown allegedly got into another argument with the alleged victim's friend, according to a police report. When the Brown's "side friend" tried to intervene, he allegedly punched her in the right eye, according to police.

Officers met with woman and noticed minor swelling on her cheek. Investigators found Brown on the ground level of the hotel and arrested.

Brown is from District Two which includes parts of St. Charles and St. John the Baptist parishes.

He released the following statement about the incident Monday morning.

"At approximately 2:30 a.m. this past Sunday, I socialized with a small group of friends at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in downtown New Orleans after having attended the Bayou Classic game.  I am not able to recall all the details of what transpired, but I do know there was an altercation involving myself and two or three other individuals.  Security was called and I was arrested for misdemeanor Simple Battery by NOPD. Back in 1991 I suffered a life-threatening automobile accident which resulted in brain damage which caused some short term memory loss which I have always considered to be minor. However, as a result of this incident and other recent memory concerns I am consulting with a neurosurgeon to see if social alcohol consumption is now affecting my cognitive functions in ways it has not previously.  I apologize to my family and my constituents, and I commit to getting the help I need to resolve the medical issues which I believe contributed to this incident.  From the first moment authorities were called I have cooperated fully with them and will continue to do so."

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