NEW ORLEANS, LA (WAFB) - Louisiana State Senator Troy Brown, a democrat representing District 2, pleaded not guilty through his attorney to domestic abuse charges Monday.
According to the New Orleans Police Department, officers arrested Senator Brown after a fight that occurred in the senator's hotel following the Bayou Classic football game.
Police say Senator Brown was arguing with a woman who identified herself as the senator's 'side friend' and her friends inside his hotel suite. The reports says the altercation eventually continued outside near an elevator. Investigators say that Brown punched his 'side friend' after she tried to intervene in a second argument between him and another woman.
Senator Brown declined to be interviewed by reporters and instead released a statement.
"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," he said. "Security was called and I was arrested for misdemeanor Simple Battery by NOPD."
Brown blamed his memory issues on a previous car accident.
"Back in 1991, I suffered a life-threatening automobile accident resulting in brain damage which caused some short term memory loss which I have always considered to be minor," he said.
"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."
Brown's spokesperson, Marsanne Goldsby repeated his claims of having cognitive memory issues.
"He remembers that there were people in the suite, and they were having drinks, and they were socializing," she said. "He remembers security being called, he remembers talking to the police, but in terms of the actual interaction that allegedly happened, he doesn't remember that and he's concerned about it, and very upset, and very remorseful."
When asked if that seemed convenient to remember almost every part of the incident except the alleged act itself, Goldsby said that the senator is having issues.
"What would be convenient to say, 'I don't remember it because I had a cognitive issues' or 'I don't remember it because I had too much to drink?' either way, it's upsetting to him," Goldsby said.
"He hasn't slept for a couple of days he's very upset. He's with his family right now."