Assault and battery lawsuit filed against bar in Phila.'s Holmesburg neighborhood

By Jon Campisi | May 24, 2012

A bar patron who claims he was assaulted by fellow bar-goers and staff after he was discovered using the women’s restroom, something he claims he was given permission to do, has filed an assault and battery complaint against the city establishment.

Philadelphia attorney Edwin P. Smith filed the civil action May 15 at the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas on behalf of James Pinoski.

The defendant listed in the complaint is Sheffield Tavern, which is located at 4501 Sheffield St. in the city’s Holmesburg neighborhood.

According to the complaint, Pinoski, during an outing to the bar back on March 3 of this year, was informed that he would have to use the ladies bathroom since plumbers were performing work on the men’s room.

When the women’s restroom became vacant, Pinoski entered, only to be asked by a female bar employee why he was there.

After explaining the situation, Pinoski went about his business, the lawsuit claims, that is until another female entered the room.

It was at that point that Pinoski was shoved out of the ladies room from behind, and subsequently had a drink thrown at him by a bar employee. He was then allegedly assaulted by a bar manager.

The manager, identified only as “Ed” in the lawsuit, grabbed Pinoski by his neck and threw the plaintiff to the ground, holding him in a headlock and causing Pinoski to strike his head on an unidentified object before being dragged from the bar, the complaint alleges.

Pinoski then called the police and medical personnel who had to remove Pinoski from the scene by ambulance, the suit states.

As a result of the incident, Pinoski sustained injuries to his head, right shoulder, neck and spine, as well as a severe shock to his nervous system, the lawsuit alleges.

Pinoski has suffered mental pain and physical suffering as a result of the altercation, and he has had to spend various sums of money on medical treatment, the suit claims.

Pinosk seeks $50,000 in damages.


The case ID number is 120501206. 

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