McKeeva Bush has been arrested in Florida.
The current speaker
of the house was held in connection with an allegation of battery.
His photograph from a police mugshot has appeared online.
He was arrested on Monday evening just after 11 p.m. in the vicinity of Seminole Casino in Coconut Creek, Florida According to police reports, Mr. Bush was kept in custody overnight and released on bail the following day after a bond was paid of $1000 (US)
A statement from Gary Bitner, spokesperson for the Seminole Police Department said: “The arrest followed an interview with and sworn statement by the female employee victim and a review of surveillance video. According to the arresting officer, the surveillance video showed Mr. Bush allegedly wrapped his arm around the victim’s lower back and forcefully pulled the victim towards his direction. According to the arresting officer, the victim alleged he grabbed her buttocks while pulling her with his right arm.”
Mr. Bush is the former Premier of the Cayman Islands and was key to striking up a deal with The Progressives to form a new government in the last election.
As part of the deal he was given the position of Speaker of the House.
Tessa Bodden, Chair of Cayman Democratic Party, had no comment to make.
Calls to Mr. Bush went unanswered.