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Fort Lauderdale cops tell Florida agriculture commissioner’s fiance to leave resort after ‘disturbances'

Nikki Fried removed three aides from 'inner circle' after the incident, according to Politico

Police forced the fiance of Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried to leave a Fort Lauderdale beach resort early Saturday morning after “several disturbances,” according to a June 13 police report

The Fort Lauderdale Police incident report, first obtained by Politico, states that police were called just before 1 a.m. Saturday to the Westin Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort at 321 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd. about a “trespassing/disturbance.” A hotel security guard told an officer that a man staying in one of the rooms had caused “several disturbances through the hotel” and needed to be “evicted.” The officer then “made contact” with Robert “Jake” Bergmann, who is engaged to Fried, and told him to leave under threat of arrest.

“Bergmann was escorted to his room where he gathered some belongings and left the property without incident,” wrote the reporting officer. “Let it be known Bergmann was notified if he returned to the property he would be subject to arrest.”

Fried, who is the only statewide elected Democrat in Florida and viewed as a possible 2022 candidate for governor or U.S. Senate, declined to comment Friday morning through a spokeswoman. Bergmann could not be reached for comment.

Robert Kane, the hotel security guard named in the report, also declined to comment when reached by phone Friday. Fried was listed on the report under the category of “additional names.”

The incident led Fried to tell three aides Wednesday that they could no longer be a part of her “inner circle” after they raised concerns that her relationship with Bergmann was “abusive,” according to Politico. One of those aides, political adviser Eric Johnson, told Politico that Fried told him Bergmann had shoved her onto State Road A1A Saturday, and that he’d also had a fender-bender in the hotel parking lot.

Fried told Politico that Bergmann was not abusive and that she fired Johnson, whom she said went public in an act of “retribution.” Politico reported that Fried also told an office aide and a fundraiser who raised concerns about her relationship that she would find “other roles” for them on her team.

Johnson told the Miami Herald Friday morning that he’d stepped down as chairman of Consumers First, a political committee supporting Fried, but otherwise declined to comment.

Fried, 42, announced in December that she was engaged to Bergmann, a former medical marijuana executive whom Fried met before her 2018 run for agriculture commissioner, while working as a marijuana lobbyist. State records show Bergmann, 33, donated $51,000 to Fried’s 2018 campaign. He was with Fried in January of 2019 when she was sworn in as agriculture commissioner.

Court records show the couple own a home together in Tallahassee.