by Sierra Marlee | January 10, 2018 1:44 am
So imagine this: You’re a pretty wealthy guy, you meet a pretty girl and decide to go on a date. You decide to have a first date at your house and she gets a little bit too drunk. You call her an Uber to make sure she gets home safe (how sweet, right?) and that’s when things that a turn for the worse.
By the end of the night, she ends up in jail and you end up with more that $1M dollars of artwork damaged. If it sounds like the worst first date ever, that’s because it probably is. But it’s exactly what happened to Houston trial lawyer Anthony Buzbee when he met Lindy Lou Layman, who is accusing of destroying some of his artwork, including two original Andy Worhol paintings.
Laymen was arrested on Christmas Eve for criminal mischief for allegedly splashing red wine on expensive paintings and smashing several abstract sculptures.
The woman’s lawyer, Justin Keiter, claimed that this is certainly not what happened, and says that the real story will come out in court.
“We certainly disagree with Mr. Buzbee’s rendition of the facts when he spoke to the media and we disagree with what was said in probable cause court,” he said, though he refused to give any details.
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The judge ordered Laymen to stay away from drugs and alcohol during the time, and avoid contacting Buzbee in any way, to which she consented.
According to his version of events, the woman got a little too drunk and after he called her an Uber to take her home, she hid in his house. Upon finding her, he dialed up a second Uber, but that’s when she became belligerent and aggressive. He claims that she tore his artwork off of the walls and doused three of the paintings with red wine.
He also alleges that she threw two $20,000 sculptures, which shattered.
Her lawyer claims that this is not true and that she is a “great person” who is “weathering the storm of the intense media scrutiny that she has endured.”
Buzbee is most famous for defending Texas governor Rick Perry from an abuse-of-power case, and donated a significant sum of money to Donald Trump’s Presidential campaign.
If Laymen is convicted, she faces life in prison.
I think that for a 29-year-old woman, life in prison is just a bit much. It’s not like she killed someone, she just did a lot of damage to his artwork. She should work to pay him back, but spending the rest of your life in prison could be considered overkill.
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