Minnesota police group says a man claiming to be Derek Chauvin's bodyguard 'never spent one minute' with him
Derek Chauvin listens as the verdict is read out in his trial. Yard TV via AP
A Minnesota police group says a man who claims to be Derek Chauvin's bodyguard is not telling the truth.
Scott Yelle told Inside Edition that he once expressed some remorse to Chauvin.
The police who hired Yelle told Insider that it couldn't and that Yelle "never spent a minute" with chauvin.
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A man who claimed to be Derek Chauvin's bodyguard during his murder trial had no interaction at all with the ex-cop, according to the Minnesota police who hired him.
Scott Yelle told Inside Edition in an interview that he had used a fleet of bulletproof SUVs to deter attempted assassinations and would not allow Chauvin to eat food provided by court officials to thwart his efforts to poison him.
He even told the media that Chauvin had expressed a moment of remorse over the death of George Floyd.
“I said, 'Can I do something for you?' And he said, 'You can take me back a year,' "Yelle told Inside Edition.
Not a word of it was true, according to Brian Peters, executive director of the Minnesota Police and Peace Officers Association who hired Yelle.
Peters told Insider Wednesday that Yelle was actually part of a security department that accompanied Chauvin's attorney Eric Nelson and a paralegal every day in court. Peters said the security guards weren't even allowed to enter the courthouse - their job was simply to drop Nelson and the paralegal every morning and wait outside until the end of the day.
"I'm just saying that Scott Yelle never spent a minute with Derek Chauvin," Peters told Insider, saying he believed Inside Edition paid Yelle to do the interview.
When asked by Insider, an Inside Edition spokesman replied: "We stand by our story."
Insider could not immediately reach Yelle for comment on Wednesday. A phone number listed for him has been disconnected.
Peters also said Yelle's statements about the bulletproof SUVs were "completely wrong". He said the MPPOA rented cars from Avis and often used vehicles of different colors to make sure no one recognized them.
Peters added that Yelle was "notified" several times that he had violated his nondisclosure agreement, which he signed with the MPPOA after posting on Facebook that he was part of a security detail.
Yelle even falsely told police that he had the correct license to carry a gun and transport people, Peters said, forcing the MPPOA to find a licensed company that could hire Yelle.
Fox 9 was the first to report on Yelle's alleged NDA violations and licensing issues.
"He misrepresented his license. I had to take it upon myself to find the company that would allow us to use their license," said Peters. "It was an indication that we were beginning to see Scott's non-truths."
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