Alex Coelho, Head Stomped by Dirty Blondes' Bouncer, Plans to Sue Bar

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The aftermath
The violent video showing three Dirty Blondes' bouncers savaging two patrons that has sparked sweeping and nationwide outrage may soon spill over into the courts.

According to a statement released this morning by two lawyers "overseeing the lawsuit against" Dirty Blondes, the recent violence inflicted upon Alex Coelho and David Parker -- who were subsequently arrested by police -- was beyond reprehensible.

See also:
- Instagram Captures Dirty Blondes' Bouncers Beating Patron
- Alex Coelho, Beaten in Dirty Blondes Bar Fight: "Troublemaker"?

"Businesses such as Dirty Blondes Sports Bar have legal duties and responsibilities in the operation and management of their affairs, namely, to use reasonable care in the hiring, training, and supervising of their employees for the safety and protection of patrons," says Coelho and Parker's attorney, Christopher Mijares.

"While our investigation into this matter is ongoing, we are confident it will reveal that Dirty Blondes breached its legal duties by failing to properly screen, train, and supervise its staff. This situation is absolutely unacceptable and this establishment will answer for its actions and face serious liability for the appalling conduct of their bouncers."

Coelho, whose head was stomped by one bouncer and suffered significant injuries and contusions around his face, has netted widespread support in South Florida, especially on the Facebook page Boycott Dirty Blondes. Before this, he was server at several South Florida restaurant chains and claims on his online résumé to have trained to be a firefighter.

"I've known Alex for over ten years," friend George Dammous said. "I've been through shit and sunshine with him, and he's in no way a troublemaker. He's a nice guy who keeps to himself and is always there for a friend."

Felicia McGavern added: "Alex has never been a troublemaker. On the contrary, he is very much a gentleman... a real sweetheart."

Attorney Mijares laid on a thick dosage of umbrage. "Improper conduct on the part of any business operating on the beach, or anywhere in our city for that matter, that leads to this type of a situation simply will not be allowed to stand," he said. "We will be pursuing the full measure of our clients' damages. This can never happen again, anywhere!"

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sweetliberty17761776
sweetliberty17761776 topcommenter

I will not give them my business 


they are backing up what I say is an assault 



andreae.fernandez
andreae.fernandez

Wow I just came across this and realized I went to highshcool and middle school with him. We actually played street hockey together as kids. He was a really nice guy like the article said. Alex if you read this I hope your ok.

John Tracey
John Tracey

Jesus. You're an idiot. How many drugs did you take before making this post?

James Gordon
James Gordon

What's the deal with the cops? Why was he arrested and not the bouncers? Were the cops connected to Dirty Blonds? Did they work there off hours? Investigate that.

frankd4
frankd4 topcommenter

it's time to decide if ft lauderdale should be PROMOTING a BEACH or a BOWERY

the SIDEWALK was never initially intended to be an arena to stage a SMACKDOWN event while sharing the PEDESTRIAN walkway with families and kids and visitors expecting a civilized and SAFE environment

the BOUNCERs were the aggressors based on the video showing no restraint and potentially CRIMINAL behavior BUT the better question is WHAT is a SLEEZY place of drunks and BOUNCERs doing in the middle of a busy PUBLIC beach area near upscale and heavily marketed and promoted LAS OLAS ?

it wasn't too long ago the homeless hobos and bums and hoodlums and miscreants were CHASED AWAY - why ? - only to be replaced by bawdy brainless BOUNCERs to jump people ?

IT WAS SAFER AND CLEANER when the HOMELESS AND HUNGRY hobos and bums were around - unsightly as they were they didn't attack or jump anyone in broad daylight on the main sidewalk

Steve Sylus
Steve Sylus

it just annoys me when the media runs away with things and sensationalizes EVERYTHING. The bouncers were wrong and should be sued and lose their jobs. I just don't understand the purpose of creating media circuses and using stuff like this as a tool to further divide people. i.e. "Stupid bouncer monkeys get no banana" it's not necessary. There are bad people in this world, yes, but I'm just sick of everyone making every little thing into a race thing.

jasonc32amg
jasonc32amg

Good stuff. The bar owner will likely have to come out of pocket for this when his insurance company realizes they hired criminals as bouncers.

greaseman1
greaseman1

do not settle make an example of what has happened here...


Steve Sylus
Steve Sylus

I can understand the outrage but WHY has this caused nation-wide outrage?

Jme Wink
Jme Wink

Uhhh was this after the flight with the police? He wasn't bleeding on the video when he got up and ran away?

frankd4
frankd4 topcommenter

...................................it's because this wasn't in some dark alleyway - this was ON THE BEACH SIDEWALK a busy pedestrian sidewalk with families and little kids and visitors and guests and tourists who are ENTITLED TO QUIET ENJOYMENT in a public mixed-use space - it is NO PLACE for bawdy neanderthal BOUNCERs to incite a RIOT among drunks NOR put at risk an UNsuspecting PUBLIC of civilized citizens fully expecting a SAFE and FUN experience

frankd4
frankd4 topcommenter

or declare BANKRUPTCY and walk away clean

IF I WERE advising vendors i would put this place on COD only

Uncontested
Uncontested

@Steve Sylus Its caused nation wide outrage because people are FED UP with this kind of behavior by bouncers and people realize that at some point in their life they've complained at a restaurant or bar... They realize that this could have very well have been themselves being beaten to a pulp on a public sidewalk simply for voicing their displeasure with their treatment by staff... And to make matters worse the Cops show up and arrest the victim.. THATS why people are outraged across the country over this video.  I hope they put this company and subsequent ownership group out of business.

frankd4
frankd4 topcommenter

because URBAN WEEK caught a lot of attention in south beach AND HERE WE have BOUNCERs inciting riots with potentially criminally aggressive behavior against patrons

are the patrons "troublemakers" well even if they ARE should that entitle someone to jump them from behind, sucker-punch them with such force to knock them to the ground AND THEN continue kicking and stomping their heads while on the ground ?

the MIAMI DADE PD put 106 bullets into a car that wouldn't stop back a few URBAN WEEK events ago AND here we have the ft lauderdale PD arresting the patrons

SethLevy
SethLevy

@Jme Wink By the bar's own admission, the thing that led up to the altercation on video was Alex talking rudely to the bartender. What happened afterwards is completely unacceptable and the venue is culpable for encouraging such behavior by their staff.  Whatever Alex did afterwards is irrelevant to this case.

ihatejc21
ihatejc21

@Jme Wink UMMM WATCH THE VIDEO AGAIN. HE WAS BLEEDING AS HE TRIED TO HIDE HIS FACE WHEN HE RAN AWAY. SMDH. THE POLICE GOT INVOLVED AFTER THE FIGHT BROKE OUT, OVER AN HOUR LATER. GET YOUR FACTS STRAIGHT!

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