A judge in Kansas City Municipal Court on Friday dismissed an assault case against the Kansas City mayor’s adult son, who was accused of punching a woman outside a nightclub in August.
The judge agreed to dismiss the case against Kyle James, 23, after the woman failed to show up for the trial. She was the prosecution’s only witness. The dismissal with prejudice means the case cannot be refiled.
Coulter deVries, James’ attorney, said he had subpoenaed three eyewitnesses who were prepared to testify that James did not punch the woman.
“What was alleged did not take place,” deVries told reporters after the brief court hearing.
The case stemmed from an incident outside The Point, 917 W. 44th St., in the early hours of Aug. 25. A 22-year-old Lee’s Summit woman said James grabbed her arm and punched her in the face when she tried to break up a fight. She fell backward and suffered bruises to her arm and under her right eye, according to police reports.
But James said the woman attacked his female friend and swung at him. He said he put his hands out “to keep her at bay” and may have pushed her back, causing her to stumble.
DeVries said the woman got into a fight inside the club before the incident involving James and may have suffered her bruises in that fight. He said he didn’t know why she accused James.
“I don’t know what her motivation was,” he said, adding that her absence at trial “tells me she didn’t have a case.”
James declined to comment after the hearing except to say, “I’m not guilty. I’m glad it’s over.”
The woman could not be reached for comment.
The city assigned a special prosecutor and visiting judge to the case to avoid a conflict of interest because James’ father is the mayor.
The incident at The Point was the second time last year that Kyle James made headlines. He caused a disturbance inside a Power & Light District diner in July and allegedly refused to pay his tab, prompting an officer to handcuff him. James threatened to have the officer fired but later apologized. James was not charged in that incident.