Man files lawsuit after bar fight
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (WSVN) -- A man involved in a fight outside a South Florida bar is filing a lawsuit against those, he says, are responsible.
Alex Coelho was with his girlfriend and friends when he was attacked outside of Dirty Blondes in Fort Lauderdale Beach back in July. After a verbal argument with one of the bartenders, they were escorted outside. As the argument ensued, Coelho was attacked and beaten by the bouncers. The attack was caught on camera.
According to the group, they ordered a round of drinks. When one of the drinks came back wrong, they said the bartender became irate. "'That's what you ordered, if you don't like it, you can get a drink somewhere else' type of deal," Coelho said. "I offered to pay for another one, and then she called the bouncers over. I actually offered them, 'I don't want any trouble here.' I pulled a $10 bill out of my pocket."
Coelho asked to speak to the bar's manager once the tension began to rise. "I work in hospitality, and I understand how people should be treated," Coelho said. I definitely wasn't yelling. I definitely didn't want to fight or get in a fight. I've never been arrested, ever."
Cameron, a bystander, caught the incident on his cell phone. The video captures the first punch thrown to Coelho, then a bouncer stomping on his head. However, Coelho was the one arrested and charged with battery on a law enforcement officer. "I think that's what people see from the video, he was the victim," said Coelho's attorney David Eddy. "He was not the aggressor. He was the victim here."
The state attorney agreed and dropped the charges against Coelho.
Dirty Blondes posted a statement on their Facebook page which read in part: "We deeply regret the matter."
The bar has also fired the bouncers involved in the altercation. They have since been arrested for the attack.
Coelho is just grateful for Cameron, his impromptu photographer. "Thank you so much," Coelho said. "You're the man. He saved my life. I want them to be punished for what they've done. You can't just do that to people."
Coelho's attorneys plan on filing a lawsuit against Dirty Blondes. Dirty Blondes have yet to comment on the lawsuit.
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