A Capitol Hill man who was allegedly the victim of a beating inside Grim’s is now suing the 11th Ave bar claiming bouncers strong-armed him out the door while he was bleeding and injured, then failed to protect him outside as the assailants continued to punch him, breaking his jaw.
Austin Wilkes claims the Grim’s bouncers failed to call the police or medics despite his severe injuries, forcing him to take a cab to Harborview Medical Center.
Police followed up on the October 19th altercation a few hours after it happened, but made no arrests according to a report on the incident. Wilkes later told the responding officer that his jaw was broken in three places and had to be wired shut. He underwent two surgeries to reset his jaw and teeth, according to the lawsuit. Wilkes’ attorney, Kevin Sullivan, told CHS that Wilkes will require more surgeries in the coming months.
No charges were filed in the case.
According to the suit, three men beat Wilkes inside the bar’s upstairs Butterfly Lounge. Employees at the bar had told police there were security cameras that may have captured the incident. However, the lawsuit claims Grim’s failed to retain the video evidence.
The case also shines light on the sometimes brutal situations that happen in Capitol Hill’s nightlife scene involving bouncers and security. In November, CHS reported on two incidents in Pike/Pine with violence and assaults involving security staff. In one, a patron suffered facial cuts in a run-in with security. In another, the victim told police his $600 phone was snapped in half by a bouncer as the victim tried to record an incident involving security and another patron.
The Grim’s lawsuit doesn’t specify how much money Wilkes is seeking. Sullivan said he thinks the case will go to trial, but not for at least another year.
Grim’s “steampunk”-styled bar opened in 2010. Owner Laura Olson is also behind Capitol Hill’s Auto Battery and Po Dogs, as well as Anchors Down in Ballard.