News: Jay-Z Bouncers Fired Over 40/40 Club Incident, Workers Say They Were "Just Doing Our Jobs"
Thursday, Dec 10, 2009 5:25PM
Employees from Jay-Z's Atlantic City 40/40 night club have been terminated after video footage landed online earlier this month showing two customers being brutally assaulted.
According to reports, the individuals were initially placed on suspension.
Jay-Z's 40/40 Club in Atlantic City has fired several members of the club's security team. TMZ spoke with Couri Glen, the former supervisor of security at the club, who told us, "We were initially all suspended and then fired for misconduct." Glen claims he and his team feel they were wrongly terminated because they were "just doing our jobs." Glen claims he initially approached the men because of complaints they were groping women. Glen says he tried to escort the men out of the club ... and that's when they began "swinging" at security members. The patrons have stated that they did nothing to provoke the attack. (TMZ)
Details on the incident began to circulate earlier this month.
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)
Check out footage captured by DJ Keke down below: