DC’s Deputy Mayor Resigns After Being Charged with Assault and Battery For Grabbing Man by His Neck in Gym Parking Lot
DC Deputy Mayor Chris Geldart was charged with assault and battery after getting into a fight in the parking lot of Gold’s Gym in Arlington earlier this month.
According to Fox 5 DC, Geldart grabbed a personal trainer’s neck in the parking lot after an altercation.
The victim, Dustin Woodward, said Geldart has been causing problems at Gold’s Gym for a while and not just that one location in Arlington.
Woodward said Geldart abuses his power and is known at multiple Gold’s Gym locations.
“In the video, DC’s deputy mayor is on the right (in tank top & shorts), Dustin on the left (in long-sleeve and workout pants) – and according to Arlington Police, an argument stemmed from Chris allegedly opening up his car door and hitting the parked car of Dustin’s girlfriend. The dispute escalated to the point where Dustin says Chris was cursing and screaming, which caused him to turn around and tell Dustin to “shut up.” This is when Chris got in Dustin’s face in a confrontational style. Later in the video, the two men are chest-to-chest and Dustin says Chris put his hands on his throat before he was able to push him away.” Fox 5 DC reported.
DC Mayor Muriel Bowser previously said Geldart was “on leave” while the matter is under review.
Geldart resigned this week.
“I’m saddened to say that I have accepted the resignation of Deputy Mayor Chris Geldart, but I am proud of the work that we have done together over the last eight years, and I am immensely grateful to Chris for his service to the city,” Muriel Bowser said.