By Julie Bykowicz, The Baltimore Sun
4:33 PM EDT, July 16, 2011
Thomas A. Kiefaber, a candidate for City Council president, has been ordered to stay away from the historic theater he once owned after its new operator alleged he assaulted staff members on the opening night of "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2," court documents show. The scene ended with city police barring Kiefaber from entering the Senator Theatre, the documents state.
Baltimore District Judge Shannon Elizabeth Avery signed a temporary peace order Friday, instructing Kiefaber not to contact Kathleen C. Cusack and to stay away from the Senator and the Charles Theatre, which she operates with her father. A final peace order hearing is scheduled for July 22.
Kiefaber disputed the version of events in Cusack's petition for a peace order, which is dated Thursday, saying that "all the way from my place of residence to my behavior, it's wrong."
In her petition for the peace order, Kathleen Cusack wrote that shortly after 10 p.m. Thursday, a "visibly agitated, red-faced and sweating" Kiefaber entered the theater lobby without a ticket.
He "proceeded to berate" Cusack and several others while "erratically pacing back and forth within feet" of them, the petition states.
Kiefaber said a flap ensued when he tried to check on accommodations for a teenage boy with leukemia. He said he went inside "in a good mood" and became "jostled" when employees approached him.
When Kiefaber refused to leave, according to the petition, Cusack, another employee and a theater patron called the police. The petition says Kiefaber made threats, shoved two staff members and elbowed Cusack's fiance in the stomach.
Baltimore police "arrived and prohibited [Kiefaber] from returning to the theater," the petition says.
Spokesman Jeremy Silbert said police received a call for a "disorderly individual" at 10:27 p.m. Thursday at the Senator and wrote a report, but he could provide no other details Saturday.
Kathleen Cusack and her father, James "Buzz" Cusack, reopened the Senator in October after it went into foreclosure in 2009, was purchased by the city and leased to them.
In the documents, Kiefaber's address is listed as in Sparks. But he said in an email that he owns a home on Orkney Road, where he announced his run for City Council president.
The city took possession of the home this spring after he lost it to foreclosure. Kiefaber said he is fighting for it in court.
He said the foreclosure has caused him to be "somewhat of a city nomad for the time being, living as so many others are in our city are living, beleaguered by decades of dismal leadership in City Hall."
An earlier version of this article incorrectly characterized the relationship Kathleen Cusack has with the Senator Theatre. She and her father operate the movie house but do not own it.
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