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Conservative talk host Michael Berry offers to pay for hit-and-run damages

Michael Berry

Last week I reported on conservative Houston talk radio host Michael Berry who was accused of committing a hit-and-run damaging a bouncer’s car while leaving a local gay bar. While he has not admitted any guilt in the matter, on Thursday Berry offered $2000 to the aggrieved bouncer, Tuderia Bennett, in order to cover damages. A letter from Berry’s attorney states,

“I wanted to make you aware that from the very beginning of HPD’s investigation, Mr. Berry made it known to HPD that if they were of the opinion that he caused damage to your car, Mr. Berry wanted to make it right with you.”

Berry’s decision to offer compensation to Bennett comes after reports that Houston Police were re-examining the case in which they initially decided not to pursue further investigation or charges against Berry. Bennet identified Berry as the man who hit his car, and video surveillance footage confirmed that Berry was inside the bar that same night.

For his part Berry does not deny being at the bar, and on his program challenged the assertion that he is anti-gay, saying “I have never hated gay people; in fact, I’ve gone the exact opposite direction.” He also said that he went to the bar in question because “there was a cold beer waiting inside,” and it was somewhere he knew he wouldn’t be recognized.

Bennet told KPRC-TV that since receiving the check from Berry he is no longer interested in pressing charges. He says that, “I’m just going to tell them let’s let sleeping dogs lie.”

That probably means the end of this embarrassing ordeal for Berry. Though I wonder if the episode didn’t result in a brief ratings boost, as folks tuned in to see if he would address the charges on air. I think the lesson here is that it’s better to fess up right away to a hit-and-run, rather than try and dodge it, especially if you’re even minor radio celebrity.

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5 Responses to Conservative talk host Michael Berry offers to pay for hit-and-run damages

  1. Tanya February 27, 2012 at 12:30 pm #

    So I’m confused, why would a straight guy go to a gay bar for a drink? Am I missing something? So does this mean that Mr. Berry is coming out of the closet or wanting to stay in it for a bit longer?

  2. tc February 29, 2012 at 8:56 am #

    Anyone else would be in jail by now, HPD just let a hit and run criminal go free…

  3. Rocketman February 29, 2012 at 2:26 pm #

    Only gay people are allowed to go into gay bars to get a drink? When did that become a law or rule? I’m guessing that straight people go to gay bars for many of the same reasons gay people do … they serve alcohol.

    It was a minor, misdemeanor traffic offense – there wouldn’t be any jail time for anyone in this case, HPD regularly doesn’t pursue these cases because they have WAY more important things to do.

  4. rhettNY March 1, 2012 at 7:57 am #

    Well no, gay bars cater to a very specific crowd – gay dudes. It’s a shame Mr. Berry hit and ran but it is also a shame that he can’t be an out conservative radio host. Might help close the divide between the GOP and Gay-Americans.

  5. Jono September 3, 2012 at 3:30 pm #

    Guess what? I went gay bar hopping and I’m not gay. My wife was even with me. Plenty of hetero couples were there too. Want to know another shocker? I’m making this argument and am not defending Michael Berry. I think this was a publicity stunt gone wrong. I was forced to listen to Berry for a year because my boss at work was totally drinking his cool aid. The dude is always making fun of the way people of different races and sexual orientations talk and think and live their lives but he’ll still play the sympathizer enough so that he can play the “some of my best friends are black!” type of card. He went there so that homosexuals would listen to his show because they think he’s “down with the gays” and then he ran into some dude’s car. That was probably a huge “OH shit!” moment for him lol…

    Oh and another thing about the “catering” gay bars hire plenty of folks that are straight, just sayin.

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