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Nightclub Bouncer Caught on Camera Beating Gay Man Outside Club in West Hollywood: VIDEO


A video of a nightclub bouncer restraining a man on a West Hollywood sidewalk outside Voyeur nightclub is being circulated on the web. The incident captured on video, in which the bouncer uses a homophobic slur before assaulting the man, who is also being held down by another man, reportedly occurred on February 25th. The man being held down identifies himself as a "gay boy".

Watch the video, AFTER THE JUMP...

L.A. Weekly's Dennis Romero transcribes:

The bald-headed bouncer guy and another man hold down the victim while one of them accuses him of instigating a fight. (Warning: Foul language).

"Look at my face man," the victim says, "-they f**ked me up."

One of two men holding him down says: "F**k your face. I don't give a shit about your face."

Victim: "Trust me please I didn't start the sh*t. I was with my boyfriend. I'm a gay boy."

Face down on the ground, he tries to look up at his captors. One of them says:

"Yeah well your a f**kin' [unintelligible] ... Stop f**kin' struggling motherfucker. "

At that point the victim receives what appear to be a pair of punches, one to his back and one to the back of his head, by the winner in black.

"Stop resisting," one of the men says. "Stay still motherf**ker."

Then one of the captors unleashes this: "Stop fuckin' moving you c*cks**ker."

Just then a security guard with a badge walks up, and one of the captors says, "Hey can we get some cuffs please."

"Stay where you are motherf**ker," the victim is told. "Shut up."

The paper also did some investigation and the bouncer may be from nearby gay club Fubar:

Det. Mike Berbiar of the West Hollywood sheriff's station says the person we've been calling the victim here was the only one arrested: The man, identified as, Timothy Reyes, is alleged to have assaulted five people inside Fubar that night before he was taken out and taken to the ground.

As Berbiar understands it, the fighting started over a jacket that the suspect thought was his but apparently wasn't. Some of those assaulted included folks such as bar staff who tried to break up the fight, he said. Reyes was cited on suspicion of battery and public intoxication and released, the detective told us. The detective wasn't aware of the video or of the action of the bouncer, however, and said he "would definitely be interested in looking into it."

Watch the video, AFTER THE JUMP...

A more detailed look at the incident at L.A. Weekly.

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  1. I suspect we'll see your headline revised to something like, "Drunken Idiot ruins everyone's night; fighting, resisting arrest, public intoxication"

    Posted by: Pete n SFO | Mar 7, 2012 9:15:34 AM

  2. Yeah... Andy, you are kinda a bad person aren't you?

    Posted by: Fenrox | Mar 7, 2012 9:39:44 AM

  3. So the "victim" had assaulted FIVE people himself? Five?

    Posted by: MarkUs | Mar 7, 2012 9:43:23 AM

  4. This d-bag assaulted 5 people? And read between the lines - he thought he was taking *his coat? Translation: he was stealing someone else's coat. Sounds like a loser to me.

    Posted by: Artie | Mar 7, 2012 10:03:16 AM

  5. @Pete in SFO - Bouncers don't have the power to arrest you (other than so-called "citizen arrests"). You only have to comply with lawful orders given by actual sworn police officers. Bouncers have no right to punch anyone.

    The bouncers are obvisously in the wrong, regardless of what they are claiming the victim did in the club.

    Posted by: travshad | Mar 7, 2012 10:33:34 AM

  6. This is hardly the Rodney King video. If he assaulted five people in a public place he's lucky he wasn't ripped to pieces. I don't see this as the bouncers were just looking to beat someone up. Sorry.

    Posted by: AJ | Mar 7, 2012 11:21:45 AM

  7. These blogs need to stop reporting every drunken asshat beating as a legitimate gay bashing. How come these "gay bashings" never happen to sober people? These things happen when you are drunk and stupid!

    Posted by: SpunkyBunks | Mar 7, 2012 11:23:45 AM

  8. Drunk, gay, guilty or not — that bouncer is clearly causing deliberate and unnecessary pain. The guy on the ground was NOT struggling, yet the bouncer decides to punch him a few times anyway — presumably just for kicks. THAT'S the abhorrent part, and should be to anyone watching, regardless of if the guy on the ground is a jerk or not.

    Posted by: Trib | Mar 7, 2012 11:36:13 AM

  9. If you fight with a bouncer look for him to fight back. That little scamp! I'm sure after targeting 5 gays in a gay club he was the perfect gentleman when racing out with a stolen jacket.

    Posted by: MarkUs | Mar 7, 2012 11:37:17 AM

  10. um...not a gay bashing. he hit him because he wouldn't stop moving about. might not be "right" but if he stole a coat and then went nuts on people he needs to be brought to some kind of justice

    Posted by: DanSwon | Mar 7, 2012 11:45:23 AM

  11. Dawnswon, I'm glad you live in a world where you think violence against people who are "moving about" is justified to be delivered as rightful "justice" by any lughead with a set of biceps rather than by a trained and accountable peace officer.

    Posted by: Trib | Mar 7, 2012 12:05:40 PM

  12. Just a typical bar/club incident. But the bouncer doesn't have the legal right to beat anyone. The bouncer is guilty of assault.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Mar 7, 2012 12:35:23 PM

  13. To those not familiar, Voyeur is a straight nightclub right at the beginning of BOYS TOWN in West Hollywood, across from very popular gay bar FUBAR. The area is very gay and gay friendly, and even though it's a straight bar, they don't bother the gays at all.

    And, having worked as a bouncer at both gay and straight bars, I can tell you that drunk aholes have no restrictions on sexuality. Bouncers don't like to deal with drunks, it's the worst part of their jobs, especially in a litigious city like Los Angeles. My best guess is this guy was asked to leave and didn't, and may have done something where they needed to hold him until the police arrived. Especially if he was fighting with 5 people, and my rule of thumb is if they ask you to leave twice and you stay, don't be surprised when you get your ass kicked.

    However, bouncers also can't hit you because they're pissed and that's what the punch to the face seemed like. It looked like the bouncer was frustrated and just wanted the guy to comply, so he cracked him across the jaw which is a No-No. Now, no matter what the guy did, it's a wash because the bouncer is on camera punching him while the guy is on the ground with his hands behind his back.

    As a bouncer, you're not only paid to keep the peace, but they pay you lots of money to KEEP YOUR COOL. No matter how drunk they aholes get...

    Posted by: Hollywood, CA | Mar 7, 2012 1:52:18 PM

  14. Ahhh, I finally had a chance to read everything, that wasn't a Voyeur bouncer at all, it was Fubar bouncer. That guys is awesome, straight but very kind to everyone at Fubar. I have seen him break up a couple of fights and haul out drunks, but never pissed off or ugly. He's a good guy, so I will wait to hear the entire story. Fubar is a fantastic bar and they go to great lengths to make sure everyone who comes there has a good time free of idiots and troublemakers. I hope it all works out.

    Posted by: Hollywood, CA | Mar 7, 2012 2:06:20 PM

  15. Ambulance-chasing lawyer's runner on the phone to Mr. Reyes in 5,4,3,2,1. Hey it's LA and suing is our national sport, not the NFL.

    Posted by: Contrarian | Mar 7, 2012 4:59:39 PM

  16. Yep, doesn't matter if the bouncer is a great guy; there's video of him breaking the law and committing flat-out assault. He and Fubar are going to be sued, and I don't believe the guy on the ground is an innocent victim - but there's no video of him assaulting 5 guys in the bar, and there is one of the bouncer just beating on him while he's on the ground with his hands behind his back.

    It's about time that every bouncer, security guard and police officer starts to act as if they were being videotaped at all times, since they are, just about half the time - and don't know which half. Sheesh.

    Posted by: Zlick | Mar 7, 2012 5:50:06 PM

  17. Yup. What Zlick said. (Just because Chris Brown was a "good entertainer" doesn't mean he gets a free pass on assaulting someone. Same goes here and everywhere.)

    @Hollywood: You've never seen that bouncer pissed off or acting ugly? Watch the video above and change your statement.

    Posted by: Trib | Mar 7, 2012 7:00:35 PM

  18. I'm with Zlick. Fubar bouncer here f****d up, crossed the line, and deserves the penalties for that.

    If I owned or ran Fubar, I'd probably fire the bouncer, and make sure other bouncers are better trained and know the rules.

    And if a straight Fubar bouncer called a drunk patron, however out of line, a "c*cks*cker" or any other anti-gay epithet, I know I'm staying away from there for the time being. For normal patrons as well as those messed up like the patron in the video, WeHo is supposed to be a gay haven, not an employment site for gay-loathing straight fok.

    C'mon, fubar; grow a pair.

    Posted by: just_a_guy | Mar 7, 2012 10:36:10 PM

  19. And even if this particular bouncer has been known as gay-friendly, if he's used those epithets and struck this out-of-line patron already in a tough spot as shown, he has now PROVEN otherwise.

    Am I missing something?

    Posted by: just_a_guy | Mar 7, 2012 10:39:02 PM

  20. @just_a_guy: You're not missing anything. A-plus all around. Thanks.

    Posted by: Trib | Mar 7, 2012 11:38:59 PM

  21. A bouncer from a gay bar in West Hollywood using a homophobic slur is akin to a Swiss Guard in the Vatican using anti-catholic slurs.

    Posted by: jack | Mar 8, 2012 12:16:37 AM

  22. @Jack. No, it's not.

    Gay people are still a minority, even in the City of West Hollywood.,_California

    Hate crimes against gay people are still common even in West Hollywood.

    Thing is, West Hollywood is really just a more openly gay-friendly neighborhood of Los Angeles, a city known for it's entertainment biz that targets the flyover gay-hating states. The entertainment biz packs in people who say they are ok with gay people, but then tend to avoid supporting gay causes, gay rights, coming out, or really allowing or supporting an environment in which their colleagues can more easily come out without harm to their careers.

    West Hollywood being West Hollywood, though, gay slurs spoken here seem a bit more inherently offensive to me, ya know. EVEN HERE, dang.

    C'mon, gay-loathing straight folk in L.A.: GET A CLUE! --And don't imagine that gay people will or should simply forgive you for a hateful core that you protect as your birthright despite the fact that you KNOW better.

    Posted by: just_a_guy | Mar 8, 2012 12:42:19 AM

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