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Conservative Radio Host Michael Berry Accused of Hit-and-Run Accident After Patronizing Gay Bar

Conservative radio host and former City Councilman Michael Berry was reportedly seen on security cameras in a hit-and-run accident with another vehicle outside TC's Show Bar in Houston's Montrose District on January 31, KPRC reports.

BerryTuderia Bennett, of Galena Park, told Houston police that he was working as a bouncer at the front door during a popular cross-dressing 'drag show' that was going on inside the club.   He watched the crash happen and told police he rushed up to the car after impact and got a good look at Berry behind the wheel.

Berry may have been leaving the bar:

The report also states, "The ongoing investigation indicates that the suspect is Michael Berry, a local radio talk show host."

Managers of the bar then turned over security camera video from inside the club to HPD investigators, and they write in an e-mail to Local 2 Investigates that their video confirms that Berry was in their establishment that night.

The e-mail reads, "Mr. Berry is one of those customers who has been to our establishment. The video in question that shows Mr. Berry in our establishment is in our possession. The local authorities have requested this same video and they are in possession to assist with their investigation." ...

...The victim told Local 2 Investigates he believes the conservative activist is trying to avoid the issue entirely because of his public stances involving gay people.

"If you're going to stand up and say anti-gay things and be conservative and be Mr. Good Guy, and then when something happens that points you out and puts you in a place with the exact business that you aim to shut down, it kind of makes it seem like I need this to go away and I need it to go away quickly," said Bennett.

The Houston Press publishes some more of Berry's bloviating about subjects like the Grammys and the Ground Zero mosque.

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  1. ....well, then it must be thursday.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Feb 16, 2012 3:11:58 PM

  2. Was he leading a prayer group?

    Posted by: 99% | Feb 16, 2012 3:20:36 PM

  3. Its a sad day when conservatives can't sneak out for some co*k without getting busted. He was probably there just to do research on how terrible the Gay Lifestyle really is! Theres no telling how far he would be willing to go to prove that point. Oh sigh...

    Posted by: DocJay | Feb 16, 2012 3:21:06 PM

  4. Word

    Posted by: TJ | Feb 16, 2012 3:21:19 PM

  5. Automatic DUI. Accident after going to a bar and he left the scene and went home. People aren't aware that they can just leave the scene of an accident when they're drunk, and then just avoid the DUI. This needs to be brought to court with evidence suggesting he was intoxicated.

    Posted by: MKe | Feb 16, 2012 3:22:20 PM

  6. is not in in the headline -- IS ACCUSED OF

    Posted by: David B. | Feb 16, 2012 3:25:35 PM

  7. what an a$$hole.

    Posted by: EO | Feb 16, 2012 3:31:37 PM

  8. My valentine's gift finally arrived!

    Posted by: johnny | Feb 16, 2012 3:37:29 PM

  9. Actually, MKE, astute Houston Press readers are pointing out that the penalties for fleeing the scene of an accident (and sobering up before you can get tested) are lesser then the penalties for DWIs/DUIs.

    Posted by: Brittanie | Feb 16, 2012 3:40:21 PM

  10. I'd do him.

    Posted by: lotusmoon | Feb 16, 2012 3:48:21 PM

  11. I know I should be a better person...but stories like this always give me a delicious little tingle.

    Posted by: Mark | Feb 16, 2012 3:49:17 PM

  12. Actually, MKE, astute Houston Press readers are pointing out that the penalties for fleeing the scene of an accident (and sobering up before you can get tested) are lesser then the penalties for DWIs/DUIs.

    Wow. Really? Thats insane. People shouldn't be allowed to do that. I live in Houston and just a few days ago on the news was a story about a family hit but a repeat offender (DWI's) and one member of the family was killed.

    Posted by: Lazlo | Feb 16, 2012 3:53:47 PM

  13. If he was just open about his homosexuality instead of being an anti-gay closeted gay this would be a non-issue. Absolutely fun to watch. Sad for him, but good that people like this are exposed for the hypocrites that they are.

    Posted by: Apparatus | Feb 16, 2012 3:53:55 PM

  14. I cannot stop smiling and laughing that another conservative homophobe is caught in a gay bar. It proves my theory over and over again; thou who protests too much usually means someone has something to hide.

    Posted by: Bernie | Feb 16, 2012 3:59:17 PM

  15. You can listen to this guy every weekday morning (not that you would). I listened a little bit this morning hoping he would directly address this... Instead I heard him state that all white liberals had bad childhoods and didn't have good daddies (his words).

    I then went to his Facebook page to ask about it... My comment was deleted, as well as other related comments from other users. I was then blocked from his page.

    He is trying to pretend this incident never happened. This story really needs the attention and he needs to be pressured to address what happened. He is the worst kindo of conservative and does regular harm to the lgbt community.

    Posted by: Evan | Feb 16, 2012 3:59:56 PM

  16. Did his freinds not explain that you can cruise the gay bars without having to "run" into someone? Geeeesh!

    Posted by: Dale | Feb 16, 2012 4:04:12 PM

  17. Evan, pretty sure he's taken his entire FB page down. You weren't personally banned, unless all of us media in Houston were too.

    Posted by: Brittanie | Feb 16, 2012 4:34:38 PM

  18. checked his wiki page

    He has a wife

    A deluded wife that is

    Posted by: say what | Feb 16, 2012 4:40:14 PM

  19. He's now qualified to join GOProud.

    Posted by: Anastasia Beaverhausen | Feb 16, 2012 4:42:10 PM

  20. He's a GOProud wet dream. A right-wing, rabidly anti-gay celebrity closeted cock sucker. Nothing gives Chris Barron a bigger hard-on than that combination.

    Posted by: TampaZeke | Feb 16, 2012 5:06:15 PM

  21. Houston resident here. TC's, formerly known as Cousin's, does have drag shows but it is also, and is primarily, I would say, a hustler bar. All of the street hustlers of Montrose converge there, use it as home base. I don't think our right wing friend was in TC's for the song and dance numbers...

    Posted by: wm | Feb 16, 2012 5:08:30 PM

  22. Can't somone update his wikipedia page? His FaceBook page has been completely taken down. What about twitter? We need to get this news posted where his "fans" will see it.

    Posted by: dctopman | Feb 16, 2012 5:10:41 PM

  23. LOL
    Love it, God if he's gay force his a$$ out!!!
    I hope his buds turn on him

    Posted by: GeorgeM | Feb 16, 2012 5:54:46 PM

  24. I'd do him in a heart beat!!!

    Posted by: Silas | Feb 16, 2012 5:55:51 PM

  25. LOL- these conservative closet cases really need to have designated drivers when they go trolling from thrills at the drag bars.

    Posted by: jaragon | Feb 16, 2012 6:08:20 PM

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