LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- After a city councilman was accused of making a sexual gesture at a meeting, the city of West Buechel took a step Tuesday night to remove him.

The city's ethics board previously found Loy Crawford guilty of sexual harassment, but Mayor Rick Richard delayed the vote to remove him. It was a heated meeting as Richards brought up a motion to remove Crawford from office.

Crawford is under fire for making a gesture at a woman speaking at a previous meeting. It was seen as sexually explicit, but Crawford said it was all a big misunderstanding, claiming he was just saying "no, no, no."

Crawford and Richards argued back and forth during much of Tuesday night's three-and-a-half hour meeting. The council almost took a vote, but Richards tabled it at the last minute because of some legal confusion.

Crawford said he's ready to fight whatever happens next.

"It's a way to demonize a councilperson because they don't want me re-elected," Crawford said. "They know that truth and consequences is on my side, and there's no truth in this. There's a lot of corruption here."

Some council members questioned if the gesture was grounds for removal in the first place.

Councilman Toby Clark wanted to go into executive session to discuss everything privately, but Richards would not let him and threatened to have Clark escorted out in handcuffs.

The vote on Crawford's removal is supposed to happen at the council's meeting next month, but Crawford said he's confident he'll keep his seat.

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