(WSVN/CNN) — A Florida inmate found a way to delay a bond hearing by saying he has Ebola.
A Broward County judge cleared the courtroom Friday morning after it was reported that 42-year-old Joseph Britton told an officer he had the deadly virus.
The judge, at first, didn’t know what to do, but he orders a lawyer to “back up” from Britton as a precaution.
Then the judge calls up a deputy, whose reaction is priceless. While the deputy orders everyone but Britton out, you can hear someone say “he’s just making it worse for everybody right now, man.”
Britton later claimed authorities took his words out of context. He says he was talking about a nurse in Fort Lauderdale that had Ebola.
The judge said it was likely all a hoax, but he still had to take it seriously.
Britton is facing charges of battery, disorderly conduct and resisting an officer without violence.
The Sun-Sentinel reports his court hearing has been re-scheduled for Saturday.