The ex-husband of Cape Coral, Florida mayor Marni Sawicki was arrested on Saturday on charges that he violently attacked her in the Miami Beach hotel she was staying in for the United States Conference of Mayors, People reported.
Sawicki’s ex, Kenneth Retzer, was charged with domestic violence in the incident, after police were called to the hotel room and found the Democratic mayor sitting in bed surrounded by bloodied sheets, an arrest report obtained by People claimed. Police reportedly saw red marks around her neck, swelling in her left eye and cheek, and punch marks on the hotel room’s walls.
“I refuse to be ashamed of it,” Sawicki told reporters, according to the News-Press.com. “I will not let people shame me into not doing my job or [saying] that this is my fault.”
“If it can happen at a very high-profile mayors conference, it’s happening to millions every day,” she said.
She said she is receiving counseling after the incident.
Sawicki denied medical treatment after the attack, something she now regrets. “It should be mandatory that both sides get medical treatment,” she said. “I wouldn’t have known if I needed treatment.”
Her ex-husband chose to go to the hospital with injuries of scratches to his face and a bitten finger. Sawicki claimed that she caused those injuries out of self-defense.
Rezger was released on a $7,000 bond on Tuesday. He has not yet entered a plea.
Sawicki says she plans to press charges and will ask for a permanent protection order.