Gerald Womack with Houston Mayoral Candidate Shelia Jackson Lee
Aubrey Taylor released this statement to Katy Christian Magazine, the day after the alleged assault by Gerald Womack, the chairman for the Shelia Jackson Lee for Mayor campaign:
“As a respected Investigative Reporter/Publisher I did not wake up in the morning with any intention of causing any type of bodily harm to Gerald Womack or anyone else. However, in Texas, people have a reasonable right to defend themselves. In the state of Texas if you’re attacked by another person, you are not required to flee from the other party. Every citizen has a right to stand their ground.
On Monday, October 23, 2023, I was legally permitted under Texas law to use proportionate force to defend myself. As the Publisher of “HOUSTON BUSINESS CONNECTIONS NEWSPAPER” I have helped to elect more candidates to local political office than any other newspaper publisher in the Southern Region of the United States of America.
On Monday, October 23, 2023, shortly before 10:00AM, upon entering the lobby for Advantage Communications Group, which is located at 4412 Almeda Road, Houston, Texas 77004, to deliver the current issue of “HOUSTON BUSINESS CONNECTIONS NEWSPAPER” to Linda K. Brown, a local businessman by the name of Gerald Womack assaulted Aubrey R. Taylor and a good old-fashioned fist fight ensued.”
Gerald Womack came down the stairs and through a hallway and was yelling at me saying, WHO ARE YOU?, WHO ARE YOU? WHO ARE YOU???
Gerald Womack then proceeded to swing at me a couple times but the shots missed my head, as I started to try to back my way up to the door before anyone else came from upstairs.
Investigative Journalist Aubrey R Taylor
Gerald Womack continued to get even more aggressive as I was retreating backward, and slapped or tried to grab my tie, which you see me wearing in the photo above. It was at this point, [and] in fear for my life that I struck Gerald Womack in the forehead and he immediately fell to the floor but was grabbing at my pant leg.”
Gerald Womack continued to grab at my pant leg, I jumped on top of him, in fear for my life, and struck him several times, to make him let me go.
After I believed that Gerald Womack was no longer a threat, I let him go, but he then grabbed a silver iron (or brass) lamp with sharp edges and began swinging it at me.
As Gerald Womack was swinging the silver iron (or brass) statue at me I noticed that his head was severely swollen, and he was bleeding profusely from his nose and mouth, from my blows that were inflicted upon him in self-defense.
As Gerald Womack continued to swing the silver iron (or brass) statue out, I somehow reached backward for the front door and exited out of the lobby onto Almeda.
Once I was out the front door and onto the sidewalk facing Almeda, I continued to retreat walking backward to ensure that Gerald Womack could not strike me with the silver iron (or brass) statue, as he continued to bleed profusely from his nose, and mouth, with a swollen forehead from my blows that were only inflicted upon him in self-defense.
Once I was out of the sight of Gerald Womack, and out of harm’s way I continued to slowly walk to my vehicle as I carefully observed my surroundings to make sure that nobody exited the building from the rear.
After arriving at my vehicle I placed a call to my attorney and a few friends to inform them that I had just been assaulted by Gerald Womack, as I tried to deliver copies of my “HOUSTON BUSINESS CONNECTIONS NEWSPAPER” to Linda Brown, the owner of Advantage Communications Group, which is located at 4412 Almeda Road, in Houston, Texas 77004.
“FOR THE RECORD”
For several decades I have stopped by 4412 Almeda Road, in person to deliver my newspaper to Linda Brown, the owner of Advantage Communications Group. Last week, I stopped by 4412 Almeda Road, and dropped off newspapers for Linda Brown, without incident.