Houston Radio Host Spotted at Gay Bar Before Alleged Hit-and-Run
A conservative radio talk show host was allegedly involved in a hit-and-run after leaving a popular gay bar in Houston late last month Click2Houston reported.
T.C.’s Show Bar’s security camera caught an SUV smashing into Tuderia Bennett’s car outside the establishment, causing more than $1,500 in damage. Bennett, the bar’s bouncer, told authorities that he witnessed the accident and claims that Michael Berry, who is also a former Houston City Councilman, was responsible.
"I said, ’That’s definitely the guy.’ For sure, 100 percent," said Bennett. The bouncer saw the accident around 11 p.m. on Jan. 31 as he was standing at the bar’s door during its drag show.
Bennett wrote down the alleged assailant’s license plate number, which matched Berry’s vehicle.
"In my statement, I said there’s no question, 100 percent," Bennett told the local media. "I could line this guy up if he’s standing out here with 50 people. I could walk right up to the guy and say, ’That’s the guy who hit my car,’"
The bar’s managers gave the Houston Police Department their security footage. Officials told the television station that they confirmed that the former councilman was inside that night.
"Mr. Berry is one of those customers who has been to our establishment," reads an e-mail to the HPD. "The video in question that shows Mr. Berry in our establishment is in our possession. The local authorities have requested this same video and they are in possession to assist with their investigation."
"All the information points to you," said Bennett, referring to Berry. "There is no sort of information that makes you innocent in this. Videos don’t lie. They don’t paint pictures that don’t exist."
Local authorities said that the incident is still under investigation. For now, Berry has not been charged with a crime.
"If you’re going to stand up and say anti-gay things and be conservative and be Mr. Good Guy, and then when something happens that points you out and puts you in a place with the exact business that you aim to shut down, it kind of makes it seem like I need this to go away and I need it to go away quickly," said Bennett.