Official’s wife charged with dumping drink on reporter’s head – By Kate Brumback (Associated Press) / Dec 16 2019
ATLANTA — The wife of a local elected official in Georgia faces criminal charges after she reportedly dumped a drink on a reporter’s head at a county meeting.
Abbey Winters, the wife of Chattooga County Commissioner Jason Winters, intentionally poured a drink over the head of AllOnGeorgia reporter Casie Bryant just before a county budget meeting was to start around 11 a.m. Friday, witnesses told police. Winters, 35, “said something to the effect of the Victim ‘deserved it,’” according to the incident report from the Summerville Police Department.
Witnesses, including other news reporters, told police they didn’t see or hear Bryant say or do anything provocative before the drink was dumped.
Rural Chattooga County is in northwest Georgia, along the state border with Alabama. While most county commissions have multiple members, Chattooga has a sole commissioner, who serves as the chief legislative and executive government officer, according to the county website. Jason Winters, a local businessman, was elected to that position in 2008.
When officers tried to talk to them, Abbey and Jason Winters asked to speak to their attorney first, the report says. Officers later went to attorney Chris Corbin’s office, where Abbey Winters said she had accidentally poured the drink on Bryant after stumbling or tripping near her.