Gelb Charged with Disturbing the Peace
By Lauren Bray, edhat staff
Santa Barbara County District Attorney announced today that a criminal complaint has been filed against James Gelb for disturbing the peace in relation to an altercation on State Street last week.
Dudley stated one count of Disturbing the Peace is in violation of California Penal Code section 415(3) and arose from the November 7th incident where Gelb "allegedly used offensive language which was likely to provoke an immediate violent reaction."
Edhat previously reported that Gelb, a landlord who owns Isla Vista properties worth close to $80 million, verbally assaulted Isla Vista Community Service Director Board President Ethan Bertrand with homophobic hate speech on State Street.
Bertrand, who's openly gay, expressed to Gelb that he treats his tenants poorly to which Gelb followed Bertrand down the street shouting aggressive and hateful homophobic slurs. Bertrand stated he feared for his personal safety and was traumatized for the rest of the evening. The altercation was captured on camera and sent to the Santa Barbara Police Department and District Attorney. The complete video can be viewed below.
Later that week, Gelb released a written statement to edhat explaining that he was provoked and he suffers from Asperger's Syndrome. The full statement can be viewed below.
The case is set for arraignment on Monday, December 4, 2017 in Department 8 of the Santa Barbara Superior Court.
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