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DALLAS (CBSDFW.com) – The mayor and a councilman in Forest Hill have some explaining to do after an ongoing rift between the two erupted into a physical confrontation at city hall.

Forest Hill Mayor James Gosey and Councilman Damian Dalcour have had a long-standing feud.

Dalcour said he knew bad blood was brewing between him and the city’s mayor James Gosey.
“For some time I figured that I’m going to run across this man somewhere and it ain’t going to be pretty,” Dalcour said. “I didn’t anticipate it at city hall.”

Mayor Gosey, who was suspended in December for four months for allegedly making threats, says he went to city hall Wednesday to file for re-election and to pay taxes. When Gosey arrived Councilman Dalcour told him he wasn’t supposed to be there, and that’s when a fight broke out, and wound up with Dalcour and Gosey wrestling each other to the ground.

Gosey allegedly threatened to have the female city secretary file a sexual harassment suit against Dalcour to influence his vote. Dalcour says Wednesday the suspended mayor grabbed his shoulder in the hallway. A short time later the fight was on.

“I said, ‘hey, you just can’t be touching on me’,” Dalcour said. “He proceeded toward me and that’s when our little tussle began. It lasted a minute perhaps.

“I saw them struggling in the hallway,” said Councilman Dulani Masimini. “I didn’t see fists flying. But I did see a struggle.

Councilman Mustaf Sami didn’t exactly see the brawl but said, “I saw a good amount of struggling in the hallway.”

“What I heard was a commotion… It sounded like somebody was in some kind of confrontation.”

Sami said he chose not to interfere. “I stayed right there at my desk and I decided I’d stay out of it,” he said.

The whole thing might result in an emergency council meeting Friday.

According to Forest Hill City manager Sheyi Ipaye, Dalcour went to John Peter Smith Hospital with a hurt shoulder and Gosey to Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth with an injured tooth.

Police are investigating, but so far no charges have been filed.

“Really, this is something we are really embarrassed of and we hope to make something good of this for the sake of our citizens,” said Ipaye.

“What am going to do the next time I see him? I’m going to go the other way,” Dalcour said. “Until I find it in my heart to forgive this man what he’s done and taken me through, its going to be hard to look at him.”

Dalcour said he hopes the council can still function for the city despite the brawl.  Mayor Gosey could not be reached for comment for this article despite attempts.

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