CREVE COEUR, MO — William "Billy" Busch, heir to the Anheuser-Busch fortune, has been accused of assaulting an 11-year-old student who had been in an altercation with Busch’s son. Busch, 58, grabbed the sixth-grader and pushed him against a wall, police in Creve Coeur said in a release on Saturday.
The incident happened in November in the gym at Chaminade College Preparatory School, police said. The boys began fighting while waiting in line to play basketball, KTVI-TV reported. Other adults separated the two and the child suffered a bloody nose.
"You f—er!" Busch is accused of saying. "What do you think you’re f—ing doing to my f—ing kid?"
A police report says Busch "pushed (the boy) into a wall at the base of a stairwell resulting in (the boy) hitting the back of his head against the wall. At that time (the boy’s) nose began to bleed."
Busch, of the 10000 block of Winding Ridge Road in Ladue, was issued a summons for fourth-degree assault, a municipal ordinance violation.
Scott Rosenblum, Busch’s lawyer, said in a statement to media outlets that his client did what any parent would do in that situation and said school staff failed to react.
The parents of the 11-year-old called that statement inaccurate and criticized the attorney for painting Busch as a sympathetic figure. The family also said it was Busch’s son who instigated the fight with their son.
Adolphus Busch, Billy Busch’s great-grandfather, founded the company. Billy, son of the late Anheuser-Busch leader August A. "Gussie" Busch, never worked at the company though, which was sold a decade ago to InBev. Billy Busch founded William K. Busch Brewing Co. in 2011, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.
Busch is due in court on Wednesday.
In 1981, Busch was accused — but never charged with — biting off a man’s ear during a fight at a tavern, the newspaper said. The following year, he was charged with assaulting a restaurant worker by reaching through a drive-in window and hitting the worker in the throat. Busch was later acquitted.
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