CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - A self-proclaimed motivational speaker currently suing four Cincinnati police officers who say he attacked a woman is facing new accusations.
Keenan West is the speaker in question. He calls himself an "anti-bullying activist" and a "youth motivational speaker." He has been known to give talks at local schools and is now accused of making threats against children.
In a federal lawsuit he filed in March, West argues the officers knew the "real" story, which was that he and his girlfriend got into a fight, and he went to his car to leave but realized he was too drunk to drive. West then says he tried to go back into her house, but couldn't, so he ended up breaking a window pane to get inside.
He maintains he never attacked his girlfriend.
According to our media partners at the Cincinnati Enquirer, at a federal hearing Wednesday, West invoked his fifth amendment right and didn't testify about the issue, though his attorney said in court that West is not a danger or a threat. The judge, per our media partners, said in court: "Threatening the lives of the city solicitor's children is beyond comprehension to me ... the court takes this with a huge amount of gravity."
FOX19 NOW reached out to West and his attorney. His attorney said that they are going to refrain from commenting on the allegations at this time.
FOX19 NOW also reached out to Boggs Muething and a city spokesperson, but have not been able to make contact with them.