New Orleans mayoral candidate Frank Scurlock has been accused of lewd sex act in the back seat of an Uber during a trip to Southern California.
It is understood that he is facing a misdemeanor charge of lewd contact in Santa Monica, California after allegedly masturbating in an Uber in February.
New Orleans Advocate reports that Scurlock, whose campaign slogan is ‘Make New Orleans Fun Again,’ allegedly masturbated in an Uber en route from Santa Monica to West Hollywood this past February.
Scurlock, whose splashy campaign ads have pledged to “Uberize” the New Orleans Police Department, was allegedly caught masturbating by a driver taking him to a hotel in West Hollywood on Feb. 10, Santa Monica Chief Deputy City Attorney Terry White said.
His female driver allegedly caught him in the lewd act.
“I have no idea what I’m being charged with. What you just told me is more than I know,” Scurlock claimed when contacted by the publication on Wednesday.
On Friday, Scurlock disclosed that the charges are “without merit” and that he will be “vindicated” in court.
While the incident occurred in February, formal charges were not filed until Aug. 31. White said the delay resulted in part from questions about who would prosecute the case because the Uber ride crossed multiple jurisdictions.
If he is found guilty, he would need to register as a sex offender in California.
The mayoral candidate was also arrested this past May on charges of obstructing a public place, which was later revised to assault and crossing a police cordon.