State Senator admits gambling addiction in statement after being escorted out of Baton Rouge casino


BATON ROUGE, La (LOCAL 33) (FOX 44)  The chair of the Louisiana Democratic Party has admitted she has a gambling addiction in a statement she released Friday night entitled, My Truth.

Karen Carter Peterson issued the statement after she said a news outlet had plans to report that she was issued a summons for being in a casino from which she was forbidden.

Peterson said in her statement that she had previously voluntarily signed herself up for a diversion program through the Louisiana State Police. 

The program allows State Police to issue a summons to anyone who enrolls if they breach the program’s requirement to not enter casinos.

I have always tried to do my best. However, I am, like all of you, human. Some people struggle with different types of addictions. For many years, I have struggled with a gambling addiction. It is a disease. From time to time, I have relapsed; I have let myself down as well as family and friends who are near and dear to me, Peterson said in her statement.

Recently while experiencing challenging times, I violated my voluntary ban and was issued a summons. The program worked as it should. I certainly regret failing to uphold my agreement to avoid casinos. I knew this was a vulnerability when I signed up for this voluntary program because relapses are sometimes part of the disease.

Peterson ended her statement by asking for forgiveness and assuring residents in Louisiana that she would remain committed to her work for the state and nation.

The casino Peterson was cited for entering, L’Auberge, issued a statement regarding the incident.

While we always cooperate fully in any and all regulatory or law enforcement related issues, as a longstanding policy matter, we do not provide comment on these types of inquiries regarding guest related incidents that may or may not have occurred, nor can we provide comment on any individual that may or may not have been banned from our casino, said Kim Ginn, General Manager of L’Auberge Baton Rouge.

State Police said the investigation is an ongoing case, and is being reviewed by the East Baton Rouge Parish District Attorney.

Read Peterson’s full statement here

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