News: Jay-Z Bouncers Accused Of Brutal Attack, Footage Lands Online [Video]
Tuesday, Dec 1, 2009 1:40PM
Bouncers from Jay-Z's 40/40 Club in Atlantic City are currently being placed under investigation for their role in a physical fight which happened outside the venue over the weekend.
Details on the incident began to circulate Tuesday (December 1) morning.
Despite pleas to "cool out" and "don't hit him", approximately 12 employees of Jay-Z's 40/40 club in Atlantic City mercilessly beat two men in a parking lot scuffle. In the video, workers can be seen kicking one man repeatedly after he was beaten to the ground, persuaded to stop by a management level employee wearing a suit and tie. Most of the assailants were wearing military style black uniforms which were identified as "security" and "event staff". (NJ Jackson News)
Additional reports claim the 40/40 Club workers acted in self-defense.
The brawl began when the two Neptune, Monmouth County, men -- Tyrell Durant and Leonard Clark -- started causing trouble inside the nightclub co-owned by well-known rapper Jay-Z, according to complaints the club manager and a security guard signed against the two. Security guard David Gulley, of Brooklyn, N.Y., told police Durant, 26, struck him in the face. Manager Carlos Lopez, of Hoboken, Hudson County, also said Durant ripped his collar during the struggle. In a separate complaint, security guard Ivan Ramos, of Ocean City, charges Clark, 25, punched him. (Press Of Atlantic City)
Clark, on the other hand, gave his account of the encounter.
"We came down to Atlantic City to have a good time, not to have the crap beat out of us," Durant told The Associated Press on Monday. "We did not do anything to deserve this." Durant and his friend, Leonard Clark, have been charged with disorderly conduct.Durant said he and Clark, 25, also of Neptune, were at 40/40 to celebrate Clark's birthday. Clark was at the bar, having just ordered a $15 plate of chicken, when a bouncer who had just ejected someone else from the club told him to move, Durant said. (Associated Press)
The club workers are reportedly staying mum on the topic.
A rep for the club tells TMZ: "We can't comment on the fight. We are doing our own investigation in addition to the police investigation. It's really in the hands of the police at this point. The 40/40 club has never had anything like this happen before and we take the safety of our patrons seriously." (TMZ)
No further details have been released as of now.
Check out footage captured by DJ Keke below: