New Orleans Mayoral Candidate Cited For Masturbating During Uber Ride

SANTA MONICA (CNS) - A New Orleans mayoral candidate is scheduled to be arraigned next month on a misdemeanor count of lewd conduct for allegedly masturbating during an Uber ride in Santa Monica.

Frank Scurlock is accused of exposing himself during the ride, which began in West Hollywood on Feb. 10, according to Santa Monica Chief Deputy City Attorney Terry White.

Scurlock is scheduled to be arraigned Oct. 16 at the Airport Branch Courthouse.

Scurlock issued a statement Friday to television station WDSU in New Orleans saying, ``The allegations brought against me are without merit. It has been many months since this alleged incident occurred. I await my day in court and expect to be vindicated.''

He told the station he had been drinking the night in question with other friends from New Orleans and did not remember much about what had happened, other than waking up in back of the car and being asked to leave.

White told the New Orleans Advocate -- which first reported the story -- that the female Uber driver was driving on a freeway when she heard sounds coming from the back seat of the vehicle. She pulled over and opened the door, allegedly finding Scurlock masturbating, prompting her to order him out of the vehicle, White told the paper. She called police from a gas station, but Scurlock left the scene.

Scurlock's arraignment is scheduled two days after the New Orleans mayoral primary.


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