CINCINNATI - Cincinnati restaurateur Jeff Ruby was kicked out of an Illinois courtroom Thursday during the trial of accused murderer Drew Peterson.
Ruby reportedly mouthed an expletive to Peterson while in the courtroom, after which he was quickly escorted out.
He will be barred from all further court proceedings.
The Chicago Sun-Times caught up with Ruby after the incident outside his luxury bus, parked across the street from the courthouse, with a cigar.
"There's been something I've been meaning to tell Drew Peterson for seven years: So I did this, and mouthed the words 'F--- you,'" the Sun-Times reports Ruby said outside the courtroom following the confrontation.
The incident reportedly started when Ruby stared at Peterson and Peterson stared back, according to the Sun-Times. When Peterson wouldn't break his stare, Ruby mouthed the expletive. Peterson's attorney then asked that Ruby be removed.
"I denied it. I said, ‘Who are you going to believe, me or Drew Peterson?'" Ruby told the Sun-Times. "It was the first time in [Peterson's] life he wasn't lying. I said it."
Ruby may face charges for the incident. The Sun-Times reports sheriff's department officials were attempting to interview courtroom spectators who witnessed the confrontation.
Ruby told 9 News that contrary to some reports, he left the courtroom on his own. He s aid he plans to be back to the courthouse on Friday, but won't try to enter the courtroom.
Peterson has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder in the 2004 death of his third wife, Kathleen Savio.
He was charged after his fourth wife, Stacy Peterson, went missing in 2007.
Read the Sun-Times' full report at www.suntimes.com/news/metro/14677428-418/man-thrown-out-of-court-after-mouthing-epithet-at-drew-peterson.html .
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