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Woman sues bouncer who attacked her and Easton bar that employed him

By Len Righi, WFMZ.com Reporter
Published On: Apr 11 2013 11:35:52 PM CDT
EASTON, Pa. -

A woman who broke her wrist after being knocked to the ground outside an Easton nightspot last year is suing the bouncer who hit her and the bar that employed him.

Latoya Williams, of Easton, filed a civil suit Tuesday in Northampton County Court against Jameel D. Stephens, also of Easton, and Drinky's, 5 Centre Square, Easton.

Williams says in her suit that she was three months pregnant when the 6-foot, 215-pound Stephens hit her in the face "without warning or provocation" as she was trying to pick up her brother outside Drinky's at about 1 a.m. May 20, 2012.

Just before she was hit, Williams had stopped four or five bouncers from manhandling her brother, who had been thrown out of Drinky's because he could not pay his bar tab, the suit says.

Williams was taken to the hospital and treated for a badly sprained wrist and a facial bruise, the suit says.

However, the wrist did not heal properly and was later determined to be broken, and Williams underwent surgery, the suit says.

Williams was sentenced last November to a year's probation for the assault, the suit says.

Williams says in her suit that she is entitled to punitive damages from Stephens for his "malicious and outrageous conduct" and payment for her medical expenses from Drinky's for its "negligent hiring and supervision" of Stephens.

Williams is asking for a judgment of more than $50,000.

WFMZ.com reached out to Drinky's, but a request for a comment on the suit went unanswered.