News: UPDATE: Jay-Z's 40/40 Club Sued Over Publicized Assault
Friday, Dec 11, 2009 2:30PM
Jay-Z's 40/40 Club, located in Atlantic City, New Jersey, has reportedly been sued over the brutal beat down of its customers earlier this fall.
According to victim Bryant Norwood's attorney, the lawsuit demands answers for the club's actions.
"These so-called security personnel are going to have to answer why Mr. Norwood was lying on the ground being kicked and why he was punched in the head as he tried to escape from them." The attorney added, "The 40/40 Club is going to have to answer why they hired people like this to supposedly protect their patrons and maintain order in their establishment." According to the lawsuit, filed in state court in New Jersey, Norwood sustained "diverse personal injuries" and "permanent injuries." (TMZ)
Reports of the suit come a day after the accused security workers were terminated from their jobs.
The bouncers accused of assaulting customers at Jay-Z's sports bar in Atlantic City, New Jersey have been fired. A number of security guards were caught on camera kicking and punching victims the parking lot of the rap superstar's 40/40 Club after being ejected for acting in a disorderly fashion. It is unclear how many bouncers lost their jobs and representatives for the club have refused to comment. (Contact Music)
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)
The victims defended themselves when approached by media after the assault.
"We came down to Atlantic City to have a good time, not to have the crap beat out of us," Tyrell 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: