A Dallas woman has been charged after police say she destroyed at least $300,000 in art at Texas A&M University System Regent Tony Buzbee's Houston home.
According to the Houston Chronicle, Lindy Lou Layman, 29, was charged Saturday with felony criminal mischief in the incident after authorities say she threw two abstract sculptures and destroyed three paintings at Buzbee's home. She was released on $30,000 bond.
Prosecutors said Layman was on her first date with Buzbee, according to KHOU-TV.
Criminal mischief where the damage is $300,000 or more is a first-degree felony punishable by up to life in prison.
Buzbee referred The Eagle to comments he made to the publication Texas Lawyer.
In the Texas Lawyer article, Buzbee said he had not met Layman before the incident and that she had been at his central Houston home with several other people.
"She at some point appeared too intoxicated, and she was asked to leave," Buzbee told Texas Lawyer. "She wouldn't and got angry because she didn't want to leave. The police dealt with it.
"It's not the first time I've had guests at a party of mine over-imbibe. Most leave when you ask them. She didn't."
The Texas Lawyer article cites a police complaint that states Layman tore paintings off the walls, threw sculptures across the room and poured a drink on at least one painting.
Buzbee told the publication the incident could have been worse.
"I collect art. I don't want it damaged," he said. "She also pulled a Renoir and a Monet off the wall. Luckily, those weren't damaged."
KHOU-TV reports officials said Buzbee called an Uber for Layman, but she refused to leave and hid inside the home. Buzbee located her and called her a second Uber, but authorities say Layman became aggressive.
Layman's LinkedIn profile lists her as a "freelance court reporter."
Buzbee attended Texas A&M, where he was a battalion commander in the Corps of Cadets. He served in the Marine Corps, and the Buzbee Leadership Learning Center at Texas A&M is named in his honor. He earned his law degree at the University of Houston and practices law in the Houston area.
According to the Texas A&M University System website, he was named a top lawyer in Texas Lawyer's "Top Five Go-To Lawyers" in 2002. Buzbee was appointed to the System Board of Regents in 2013, where he serves as a member of the Committee on Audit and the Committee on Buildings and Physical Plant.