KHOU reported on Wednesday that 29-year-old Lindy Lou Layman was arrested on Saturday (and released the next day on a $30,000 bond) after allegedly damaging and destroying several works of art at the River Oaks home of a man she was on a first date with. Court documents show that Layman was charged with felony criminal mischief on Saturday.
According to that report, Layman stands accused of tearing paintings off the walls, pouring liquid on paintings, and hurling abstract sculptures across a room, in a tremendous effort that resulted in upwards of $300,000 worth of property damage. Two original Andy Warhol paintings were reported to be among the spoiled goods.
An interesting wrinkle in this story that really boosts the pleasure I take in recounting it: The man whose art was allegedly wrecked was none other than attorney Tony Buzbee, known for successfully defending Rick Perry against abuse-of-power charges.
Buzbee also hosted a fundraiser for then-candidate Donald Trump in Houson on June 17, 2016, at his home. “I am honored to host him,” Buzbee told KHOU at the time, calling Trump “refreshing.” It’s a word which might also describe the exhilarating feeling of smashing objects adorning the homes of wealthy Republican Trump supporters. (Buzbee did denounce Trump in October, 2016, after the Access Hollywood tape surfaced.)
Buzbee’s lawyer told the Texas Lawyer magazine that Layman “at some point appeared too intoxicated and she was asked to leave. She wouldn’t and got angry because she didn’t want to leave.”
KHOU reports that, according to authorities, Buzbee called Layman an Uber, but she refused to leave and proceeded to hide within his elaborate $14 million home.
Little is known about Layman at the time, although the San Francisco Chronicle found that her LinkedIn profile indicates she has worked as a freelance court reporter.