Louisiana Election

Louisiana State Treasurer John Kennedy waves to supporters at his election watch party, after being elected to the senate seat vacated by Sen. David Vitter, R-La., in Baton Rouge on Dec. 10. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

John Kennedy celebrated his election to the U.S. Senate Saturday in typical politician style: at a hotel, with an open bar and food for donors and supporters.

That jambalaya and meat-pie affair seems tame compared to the rager that his son allegedly threw in August, according to a lawsuit filed in the 22nd Judicial District a day before Kennedy's Senate runoff victory.

James Preston Kennedy, the 20-year-old son of the senator-elect, who lives with his parents in Madisonville, is being sued by neighbors Steven and Heidi Fisher, who say that instead of feeding their dogs while they were on vacation, as he had been asked to do, Preston Kennedy instead threw a blowout that caused thousands of dollars worth of damage.

When the Fishers returned to their home, they found it “ransacked and damaged, and personal items were missing, stolen and/or broken,” the suit says.

The couple reviewed their security camera footage and discovered that a party had been held in the house. Revelers could be seen drinking alcohol and smoking cigarettes, the petition says. 

Further investigation showed that the master bedroom and the other bedrooms in the house had been the site of “sexual encounters by those invited by the defendant,” according to the suit. 

The Fishers told the Kennedys about the damage and were assured that it would be taken care of. A representative of the Kennedys' insurance company came out and assessed the damage as well, the suit says.

But nothing has been paid yet, according to the suit. In fact, the Fishers agreed “at one point to accept much less than the true amount of their damages, just to avoid having to file this lawsuit” and that their offer was rejected by Great Northern Insurance Company.

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René Frederick, the Fishers’ attorney, said the lawsuit's curious timing had nothing to do with the election. Rather, he said, settlement negotiations with the insurance company had broken down, necessitating the filing of the suit on Friday. His clients, Frederick said, hope the matter can be resolved without a trial.

Reached through a spokeswoman, Kennedy said only that the suit is a “personal family matter.”

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