Councilman admits to ‘obstructing the flow of traffic’ for his role
The saga of the nightclub fight involving Atlantic City’s mayor and a councilman ended Wednesday, with an admission by Councilman Jeffree Fauntleroy that he obstructed the flow of traffic.
Charges of harassment and simple assault were dropped against Gilliam. The other claims against Fauntleroy were also dropped, as the charge was amended to an ordinance violation.
Surveillance video from outside the Golden Nugget showing Mayor Frank Gilliam and Fauntleroy skirmishing with workers from the Haven Nightclub on Nov. 11.
Summonses for harassment and simple assault were signed against the two men by three nightclub workers: Greg Aulicino, Joseph Camarota and Julie Rodriguez.
Rodriguez, who claimed both men made threats to harm her, including saying, “I’ll f— you up,” indicated she wanted to drop her claims.
Aulicino and Camarota were both in court Wednesday.
“This is the second law enforcement agency that indicated there were no criminal or any illicit conduct by the mayor,” Gilliam’s attorney, Frank Campo, said outside the courtroom.
He was referencing a decision by the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office not to file felony charges against either man in the case, and leave it to the municipal court. The case was moved to avoid any conflicts.
“I think the mayor may have bigger fish to fry,” said Fauntleroy’s attorney, James Leonard Jr., referencing the federal investigation that brought the FBI and IRS to the mayor’s home in December.
“This is a good outcome and a good day for everybody,” Leonard said.
Fauntleroy smiled and seem to hold back laughter as his attorney talked of his admission that “he obstructed the flow of traffic… that’s exactly what the video showed him doing.”
Fauntleroy paid a $500 fine for his admission
“Today’s a great day for me, a great day for Atlantic City,” Fauntleroy said. “We’re gonna get to move forward.”