LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A city councilman in West Buechel is accused of making an obscene sexual gesture toward a woman at Tuesday night's council meeting.

But Councilman Loy Crawford claims it was a misunderstanding.

While a woman was addressing the council, Crawford is accused of making an obscene sexual gesture with his hand and his mouth, followed by a thumbs up.

Here is unblurred video of the action:

 

"Did you not see what he just did to me?" the woman shouted.

The motion angered some who saw it.

"He was over there (performing the gesture), and I think he should be charged with sexual harassment," said Billy Hill, a resident who serves on the ethics board.

But Crawford claims he was misunderstood.

"I said 'no, no, no'," Crawford explained.

When asked about someone disagreeing with another person using their hand and their mouth, Crawford said, "I didn't have my hand and my mouth. I said 'no, no, no' just like that," Crawford said.

"No, you were not," Mayor Rick Richards told Crawford. "Did you see the word 'no' come out of his mouth?"

"He claims he was just saying 'no no no,' but I told him, 'I don't know about your generation, but that's the (inappropriate) sign of my generation,'" said Liz, a city employee who did not want her last name revealed.

"I was offended, but I'm used to that," she said. "(Crawford) brings condoms to meetings."

Richards said the incident with the condoms cost the city money.

"There was litigation over it, and the city had to pay money for a settlement," Richards said.

When told that the woman was offended by his gesture, Crawford said, "Naturally, she would. Why wouldn't she? She's been a cockleburr in the saddle for a long time."

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