Anti-Gay TX Shock Jock Accused of Hit-and-Run After Leaving Drag Show

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    Feb 16, 2012 10:45 PM GMT
    http://www.click2houston.com/news/Police-watch-bar-video-in-hit-and-run-probe/-/1735978/8784614/-/fb6y59z/-/index.html

    KPRC-TV, Click2HoustonHOUSTON -- Security camera footage from a well-known gay bar has played a key role in a hit-and-run investigation of a former Houston City Councilman, who is now a conservative talk show host, Local 2 Investigates reported on Wednesday.

    A Houston man reported to police that KTRH talk show host Michael Berryplowed his SUV into another car outside T.C.'s Show Baron Converse near Fairview in the Montrose area about 11 p.m. on January 31st.

    Tuderia Bennett, of Galena Park, told Houston police that he was working as a bouncer at the front door during a popular cross-dressing 'drag show' that was going on inside the club. He watched the crash happen and told police he rushed up to the car after impact and got a good look at Berry behind the wheel.

    "I said, 'That's definitely the guy.' For sure, 100 percent," said Bennett.

    Bennett wrote down the license number from the car that he said caused more than $1,500 in damage to his car. Then, when HPD officers traced that license tag to Berry, the victim said he had no doubt it was him.

    He said he did not know who Berry was until HPD officers told him and he viewed an online promotional photo of Berry.

    "In my statement, I said there's no question, 100 percent. 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,'" Bennett told Local 2 Investigates.

    HPD investigators quickly issued an internal "Significant Event Form" to notify department leaders of the former city councilman's involvement in the hit-and-run.

    Titled "Incident Involving a Prominent Citizen," the report spells out that the victim "could identify the driver."

    The report also states, "The ongoing investigation indicates that the suspect is Michael Berry, a local radio talk show host."

    Managers of the bar then turned over security camera video from inside the club to HPD investigators, and they write in an e-mail to Local 2 Investigates that their video confirms that Berry was in their establishment that night.

    The e-mail reads, "Mr. Berry is one of those customers who has been to our establishment. 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."

    Bar managers declined to allow Local 2 Investigates to view the video.

    "All the information points to you. There is no sort of information that makes you innocent in this," said Bennett.

    "Videos don't lie. They don't paint pictures that don't exist," he said.

    The HPD accident report states that the SUV headed in reverse for about 70 feet on the street before colliding with the car and leaving the scene.

    HPD officers involved in the investigation said that the Harris County District Attorney's office has declined to file criminal hit and run charges in the case, telling officers that no one can positively identify Berry being behind the wheel for the crime.

    "I'd say that's the government at work. I mean, that's corruption at its best," said Bennett.

    Local 2 Investigates e-mailed Berry for his response to the hit-and-run allegations and the videotape showing him inside the club during that drag show, and Berry replied, "I don't respond to such things."

    If additional witnesses are found, or if prosecutors change their minds about the video and the witness account, Berry could be charged with a misdemeanor crime of Failure to Stop and Give Information (FSGI).

    The victim told Local 2 Investigates he believes the conservative activist is trying to avoid the issue entirely because of his public stances involving gay people.

    "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.


    http://blog.chron.com/newswatch/2012/02/bouncer-claims-michael-berry-rammed-vehicle-at-gay-club/

    Houston ChronicleBerry declined to comment to KPRC on the station’s story. Berry’s usually active Facebook fan page and Twitter feed had no updates today.

    During his morning talk show, Berry didn’t directly responded to the accusation, but he mentioned making enemies due to his job.

    “When you poke your finger in somebody’s eye every day like I do, you make enemies,” he said. “There will always be attacks on me…that I said this, or did that. It takes a toll on you personally, but you simply can’t go and chase down every nasty thing said about you.”


    Also: The Facebook fanpage was taken down several hours ago.
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    Feb 16, 2012 10:48 PM GMT
    SNAGGED!!!
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    Feb 17, 2012 1:06 AM GMT
    Latest self-loathing asshat on http://gayhomophobe.com/
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    Feb 17, 2012 1:15 AM GMT
    HPD officers involved in the investigation said that the Harris County District Attorney's office has declined to file criminal hit and run charges in the case, telling officers that no one can positively identify Berry being behind the wheel for the crime.

    Except, he HAS been identified, by the victim with a license plate, by his appearance, and by video surveillance. What does the DA's office want, his voluntary confession???

    This is one of the reasons my late partner wanted us to leave Houston. We went to the gay Montrose section often, though I don't think this club existed then. Houston is totally corrupt, like most of Texas. I will want to follow this, to see what happens.
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    Feb 17, 2012 1:20 AM GMT
    Wow, I was in that area at that time it happened!
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    Feb 17, 2012 2:02 AM GMT
    This kind of shit goes in in TX all the time.

    The pro-Repub corruption and anti-gay bias of TX culture runs DEEP.
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    Feb 17, 2012 2:11 AM GMT
    RickRick91 saidThinking of shit goes in in TX all the time.

    The pro-Repub corruption and anti-gay bias of TX culture runs DEEP.


    Maybe out in the rural parts of Texas but Houston, Texas is a liberal city. Even our mayor is a Lesbian.
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    Feb 17, 2012 2:18 AM GMT
    Art_Deco saidHPD officers involved in the investigation said that the Harris County District Attorney's office has declined to file criminal hit and run charges in the case, telling officers that no one can positively identify Berry being behind the wheel for the crime.

    Except, he HAS been identified, by the victim with a license plate, by his appearance, and by video surveillance. What does the DA's office want, his voluntary confession???

    This is one of the reasons my late partner wanted us to leave Houston. We went to the gay Montrose section often, though I don't think this club existed then. Houston is totally corrupt, like most of Texas. I will want to follow this, to see what happens.

    Im sure Texas is glad people like you left.
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    Feb 17, 2012 2:28 AM GMT
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    Art_Deco saidHPD officers involved in the investigation said that the Harris County District Attorney's office has declined to file criminal hit and run charges in the case, telling officers that no one can positively identify Berry being behind the wheel for the crime.

    Except, he HAS been identified, by the victim with a license plate, by his appearance, and by video surveillance. What does the DA's office want, his voluntary confession???

    This is one of the reasons my late partner wanted us to leave Houston. We went to the gay Montrose section often, though I don't think this club existed then. Houston is totally corrupt, like most of Texas. I will want to follow this, to see what happens.

    Im sure Texas is glad people like you left.

    Of course they are - I'm gay. Thank you for agreeing with that, and endorsing a hit-and-run against a gay guy by a celebrity homophobe. And why exactly are YOU here on a gay site like this? To bash gays who don't like being victims of injustice?
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    Feb 17, 2012 3:27 AM GMT
    Haaretz saidLatest self-loathing asshat on http://gayhomophobe.com/


    Excellent website! Everyone has religious connections or a republican.

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    Feb 17, 2012 3:48 AM GMT
    Art_Deco saidHPD officers involved in the investigation said that the Harris County District Attorney's office has declined to file criminal hit and run charges in the case, telling officers that no one can positively identify Berry being behind the wheel for the crime.

    Except, he HAS been identified, by the victim with a license plate, by his appearance, and by video surveillance. What does the DA's office want, his voluntary confession???

    This is one of the reasons my late partner wanted us to leave Houston. We went to the gay Montrose section often, though I don't think this club existed then. Houston is totally corrupt, like most of Texas. I will want to follow this, to see what happens.


    How is Houston corrupt. This hate crime happens in other places as well, If its such a hateful place how are we the largest US city to ever have an openly gay mayor?
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    Feb 17, 2012 4:19 AM GMT
    I mentioned earlier that he took down his Facebook "fanpage." But people were finding his Tweets about all-things-not-straight-white-and-Republican (he went to town on the Grammy participants and the Super Bowl) and posting those for the larger audience to see... so now his Twitter's gone too. At this pace, I'm guessing he'll have not much left online, besides forum membership on Stormfront and empty profiles to concern-troll on sites like this.
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    Feb 17, 2012 5:24 AM GMT
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    Art_Deco saidHPD officers involved in the investigation said that the Harris County District Attorney's office has declined to file criminal hit and run charges in the case, telling officers that no one can positively identify Berry being behind the wheel for the crime.

    Except, he HAS been identified, by the victim with a license plate, by his appearance, and by video surveillance. What does the DA's office want, his voluntary confession???

    This is one of the reasons my late partner wanted us to leave Houston. We went to the gay Montrose section often, though I don't think this club existed then. Houston is totally corrupt, like most of Texas. I will want to follow this, to see what happens.


    How is Houston corrupt. This hate crime happens in other places as well, If its such a hateful place how are we the largest US city to ever have an openly gay mayor?

    Because its Texas. Everyone that isnt from Texas or has never been there has the be all end all opinion on it and thats the end of it.
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    Feb 17, 2012 5:24 AM GMT
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    JP85257 said
    Art_Deco saidHPD officers involved in the investigation said that the Harris County District Attorney's office has declined to file criminal hit and run charges in the case, telling officers that no one can positively identify Berry being behind the wheel for the crime.

    Except, he HAS been identified, by the victim with a license plate, by his appearance, and by video surveillance. What does the DA's office want, his voluntary confession???

    This is one of the reasons my late partner wanted us to leave Houston. We went to the gay Montrose section often, though I don't think this club existed then. Houston is totally corrupt, like most of Texas. I will want to follow this, to see what happens.

    Im sure Texas is glad people like you left.

    Of course they are - I'm gay. Thank you for agreeing with that, and endorsing a hit-and-run against a gay guy by a celebrity homophobe. And why exactly are YOU here on a gay site like this? To bash gays who don't like being victims of injustice?

    Im talking about whiny complaining "victims." Im glad youre in a home.
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    Feb 17, 2012 5:31 AM GMT
    I wonder what is it with self hating gays...

    Having said that, there are plenty of self hating Asians wishing they are white.
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    Feb 17, 2012 4:10 PM GMT
    http://blogs.houstonpress.com/hairballs/2012/02/michael_berry_firehouse_bar.php

    There's that Tahoe again...

    Houston PressThe alleged TC's Show Bar incident that came to light today would not be conservative talker Michael Berry's first late-night bar parking lot misadventure.

    On December 22, 2007, just as his term on City Council was coming to a close thanks to term limits, Berry attended a concert by his friend Cory Morrow at the Firehouse Saloon on Fountainview at the Southwest Freeway.

    Berry would later say that as he was leaving the tavern, at 1 a.m. on December 23, he was carjacked at knifepoint in the parking lot. He told the Houston Chronicle that he got in his Chevy Tahoe, put down his Blackberry and stuck the keys in the ignition, when suddenly his passenger-side door flew open and a Hispanic man with a knife jumped in the car.

    Berry said that as he was trying to shield himself from the first attacker, a second man, also Hispanic and packing a blade, jumped in the back seat.

    "Then I realized there were two guys and I needed to get out," Berry told the Chron.

    He further told the Chron that as he was jumping out of the Tahoe's driver-side door, he ran into a third knife-toting Hispanic male. Berry says he ran past him and the guy gave chase.

    Berry said he was scared that he was about to be stabbed in the back so he turned around to face his assailant. The attacker demanded his wallet, but Berry says he didn't have to hand it over, because the Tahoe was already rolling by this point and the other two guys picked their buddy up and drove off.

    Berry was not injured in the attack. He told Channel 2 News that he didn't call police at first, choosing instead to take a cab home and hug his wife and kids.

    The Onstar system led police to the Tahoe, which was found intact, mere hours after Berry filed his report, at an apartment complex on Gulfton Boulevard, just across the Southwest Freeway from the Firehouse. Perhaps these gangsters didn't want to take the Tahoe to a chop-shop or smuggle it overseas -- they just didn't have cab fare. No arrests were ever made.

    At any rate, citing embarrassment, Berry didn't publicly discuss the incident for the first week or two after it occurred, and then wouldn't stop talking about it for a day or two, and then clammed up again.


    Any chance Berry was trying to set up some kind of "OMG, Teh Gays are out to get me!" situation that night?
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    Feb 17, 2012 9:52 PM GMT
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    JP85257 said

    Im sure Texas is glad people like you left.

    Of course they are - I'm gay. Thank you for agreeing with that, and endorsing a hit-and-run against a gay guy by a celebrity homophobe. And why exactly are YOU here on a gay site like this? To bash gays who don't like being victims of injustice?

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    And why is Art Deco on a gay site? I've been gay my entire life and OUT since I was of legal age at 19---- Art Deco lived over half his life a lie and in the closet but now he thinks he can come on a gay board and dictate to others how to be gay and who can and can not be on this site? That's a fucking laugh from this PROVEN LIAR-
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    Feb 18, 2012 12:47 AM GMT
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    Art_Deco said
    JP85257 said

    Im sure Texas is glad people like you left.

    Of course they are - I'm gay. Thank you for agreeing with that, and endorsing a hit-and-run against a gay guy by a celebrity homophobe. And why exactly are YOU here on a gay site like this? To bash gays who don't like being victims of injustice?

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    And why is Art Deco on a gay site? I've been gay my entire life and OUT since I was of legal age at 19---- Art Deco lived over half his life a lie and in the closet but now he thinks he can come on a gay board and dictate to others how to be gay and who can and can not be on this site? That's a fucking laugh from this PROVEN LIAR-


    We may not see eye to eye on all things and thats not all bad. But I have too support you 100% on this one.

    I myself had never noticed Red Vesper/ Art Deco, until his unsolicited attacks on one on gay issues, in an attempt to silance one, and to also force one too leave RJ, or be removed. This abuse coming from man who used women and created children for his own self advancement. A man who said he just never know he was gay, it just happend one day; yet we have seen over the years this story repeatedly change. Now he wants to bee seen as gay, and to also repress us Bona Fide homosexuals who have always lived as gay, and never received the benefits or promotions of a straight married family man.

    I think because AD has allegedly loved a person who allegedly died from AIDS, wants to behold the label of being RJ's expert of all things concerning HIV/AIDS. But when we really needed him in our darkest years, during the Gay Plague Era, and the 1990's he was no were to be seen as a gay man, because he was still a straight family man; yet now he wants to be seen as a hero of the HIV movment; waving flags. Yes Artie is a liar, and should hang his head in shame; were us Bona Fide homosexuals have every right to hold our heads high.