GONZALES — A Prairieville man said his “joking around” with an employee of Kitten’s Gentlemen’s Club in Prairieville turned sour when the employee tried to run him over in the parking lot, according to a lawsuit filed in state court.
Kermit Mills, 43, of Prairieville, alleges a worker at the strip club off Airline Highway tried to run him over in the parking lot about 2 a.m. Jan. 18, 2014, after their fun turned into an argument.
Mills claims he and the worker, Alexandria Rose Martin, 31, of Baker, had been “joking around” throughout the night of Jan. 17 and into the morning of Jan. 18, 2014. Mills said he believed Martin “was reciprocating in kind.”
But the suit quotes a club manager, Robert Anderson, who told Ascension Parish sheriff’s deputies that the joking between the two was happening in “a negative way” and that he “did not see it having a positive ending.”
It’s not clear from the lawsuit what Martin’s job at the strip club was and it did not reveal the substance of the “joking around.” A sheriff’s report on the incident has no narrative account of what deputies determined happened.
But according to the lawsuit, Mills and Martin ended up arguing in the club parking lot in the morning hours of Jan. 18, 2014. Martin then got into her car and drove toward Mills, hitting him, the suit alleges.
Filed Jan. 22 in the 23rd Judicial District Court, Mills named Martin, Kitten’s, Kitten’s owner Kenneth C. Knight and unnamed insurers as defendants.
Mills alleges the business and its owner were negligent in the crash because they should have known Martin posed a threat to customers.
Mills’ suit claims it was not clear at the time the suit was filed whether Martin actually intended to hit Mills or it was reckless negligence.
But Martin was arrested Jan. 30, 2014, on an aggravated battery count, criminal filings show. Martin later was released from Ascension Parish Prison near Donaldsonville after posting $5,000 bail, court filings show.
The criminal case is pending, and on Monday prosecutors gave Martin until March 9 to decide whether to accept a guilty plea or go to trial. Martin has pleaded not guilty to the charge.
In the lawsuit, Mills claims he had a severe neck injury, other bodily injuries and mental anguish after Martin’s car hit him.
Mills is seeking to recoup his medical expenses and other unspecified damages. The sheriff’s report described his injuries as apparently minor.
Mills’ attorney, Martin and her criminal defense attorney did not return calls for comment by Wednesday. Telephone numbers listed for Knight were disconnected. Someone answering the phone at Kitten’s denied that it was the club that had been reached. Later calls rang unanswered.
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