HOUSTON – Orlando Sanchez made splash headlines in December when water was dumped on his head at press conference. A month later, the former Harris County treasurer is alleging assault and suing.
Seeking more than $1 million in damages, Sanchez filed suit against Steve Striever on Jan. 31 in Harris County District Court.
On Dec. 28, Striever “knowingly” committed assault against Sanchez during the press conference “by pouring water on his head,” according to the lawsuit.
Sanchez claims he “suffered injuries and damages” as a result.
“Defendant’s conduct was outrageous, malicious or otherwise morally culpable conduct that should be penalized by having exemplary damages awarded against him,” the suit states.
The incident took place at Northwest Mall. Sanchez, who lost to Democrat Dylan Osborne in November, was calling for state officials take over Houston ISD.
A video shows a staffer tackling Striever after he poured the water.
On top of punitive damages, Sanchez is suing for his alleged mental anguish.
Houston attorney Hector Longoria represents him.
Cause No. 2019-07901