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Published on Dec 1, 2009
Bouncers at Jay-Z's 40/40 nightclub in Atlantic City, N.J. are facing assault charges after a video documenting the beating of two club patrons surfaced on YouTube. The video records events on the night of Saturday, Nov. 28 and shows a group of at least nine security guards repeatedly kicking and punching 26-year-old Tyrell Durant and 25-year-old Leonard Clark of Neptune, N.J. in the club's parking lot.
According to Durant, bouncers requested that his friend exit the club although he was seated and had just ordered a plate of food. After protesting, Clark was escorted from the club and Durant followed to investigate. The story gets blurry when Durant claims that bouncers escorted the two to a steep staircase, where he lost his balance and grabbed onto the nearest person to keep his balance. The club manager gave a contrasting report, saying that one of the patrons ripped his collar and punched a security guard in the face during a scuffle inside the club.
Durant, who was treated at the scene after being sprayed with a fire extinguisher, also claims that his watch and cash were stolen by the attacking bouncers. "We came down to Atlantic City to have a good time, not to have the crap beat out of us," Durant told the Associated Press yesterday. "We did not do anything to deserve this."
The incident was filmed by a Staten Island, N.Y. resident, DJ Zeke, who had just finished spinning his set at the 40/40 Club. Police are currently reviewing the video to determine which bouncers will face charges. Original charges of disorderly conduct against Durant and Clark were dropped after police reviewed the video footage.