PHILADELPHIA – Two patrons of a popular Center City, Philadelphia, nightclub are alleging the club’s bouncers and security team assaulted them in October 2015 and have filed suit for damages.

Rachel Holtzman of Philadelphia and Samantha Swan of Northfield, N.J. filed suit in the Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas on Oct. 16 versus Rumor Nightclub, Rumor, Leverage RH, LLC (individually and doing business as “Rumor Nightclub”) and its owner Mark Marek, all of Philadelphia.

“On or about Oct. 18, 2015, while on the premises at Rumor, the plaintiffs claim they were “unlawfully assaulted, battered and attacked by employees, bouncers and security personnel of the defendants, which included being hit in the face and body, being thrown on the ground and being struck, as result of which the plaintiffs, Rachel Holtzman and Samantha Swan, sustained serious personal injuries. The attacks on the plaintiffs were unprovoked,” the suit says.

Holtzman and Swan’s lawsuit claims Rumor failed to provide a safe environment for its customers, failed to implement policies which would discourage the use of excessive force upon the plaintiffs and failing to properly train or supervise their employees, among numerous other charges, resulting in them suffering full-body physical injuries and psychological injuries.

For multiple counts of negligence, assault and battery and negligent hiring and supervision, the plaintiffs are seeking damages not in excess of $50,000, plus interest and costs.

The plaintiffs are represented by Andrew S. Dashevsky of Dashevsky Horwitz Kuhn Novello & Shorr, in Philadelphia.

Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas case 171001877

From the Pennsylvania Record: Reach Courts Reporter Nicholas Malfitano at

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