PORTLAND -- Charges were dropped against Portland celebrity and entertainment icon Darcelle after an arrest Thursday evening for allegedly assaulting two Oregon Liquor Control Commission officers in the Darcelle XV nightclub.
The issue of serving a minor is under investigation by the OLCC.
Darcelle -- also known as Walter Cole -- was booked into the Multnomah County jail on two accusations of Class B harassment and was released on his own recognizance. Two counts of harassment were dropped in court Friday afternoon.
"Mr. Cole was agressively grabbing that inspectors arms and trying to shove him to get him to leave," OLCC Metro enforcement unit manager Carl Lewis said. "They did have their badge and identification ready to identify themselves to the door person, but there was no one there and did that immediately there after being confronted by Mr. Cole."
Darcelle, 80, who has had the nightclub for decades and is a fixture at civic and philanthropic events, was expected to be in court Friday. Darcelle was Grand Marshal this year of the Rose Festival Starlight Parade.
He and Darcelle XV co-owner Roxy Neuhardt reportedly pushed the two OLCC officers, who were there following up on a previous citation for serving alcohol to a minor, according to Portland Police Bureau spokesman Lt. Robert King.
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Darcelle told KGW Friday morning that he pushed a man inside the club, not realizing he was an OLCC officer.
Darcelle said he had just finished a routine when he saw a group of people rush into the club and sensed that they may be people he didn't want there.
When he realized he had pushed an OLCC officer, Darcelle said he apologized.
Police arrested him anyway, but not until after he had finished the show. Darcelle said he was paraded down the street, cuffed, in a beautiful dress.
"I'm not a menace to society," he said.
KGW Reporter Pat Dooris contributed to this report