In March 2013, Chicago resident David Schlessinger was at the Calle Ocho music festival when he tried to take a group of friends to a restricted area. He mentioned his Clear Channel connections and flashed old BET credentials, but a guard refused to let him pass. "'That guy's an idiot,'" Schlessinger told a friend as he walked away.
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When the guard overheard and confronted him, it sparked a truly bizarre fight now playing out in Miami-Dade circuit court. On one side: Schlessinger, a music producer and reality-show creator who is also a sex offender convicted of molesting three boys in the '90s. On the other: A Miami Police lieutenant with a documented brain injury and dozens of citizen complaints.
"It's an unfortunate situation where you have a police officer who believes he has the... discretion to use his power however he sees fit, without any repercussions," John de Leon, the lawyer representing Schlessinger, tells New Times.More »