A night of clubbing in Ybor led to a woman puking in a bar, getting kicked out and tackled and now, a lawsuit.
According to a lawsuit filed in Hillsborough County Court, a woman by the name of Melissa Walker is seeking damages from a 2011 incident at the Honey Pot club in Ybor City. She’s suing Honey Pot Owner Ernest Stuart Webb Jr.
According to Walker’s lawsuit, she and three female friends were at the club late at night in 2011. One of her friends vomited in the club. That prompted two employees to approach the group and ask them to leave. Walker said they were told that was the bar’s policy.
Walker alleges one of the employees pushed one of her friends at which time she attempted to intervene. That’s when Walker says Webb put her in a “full nelson” and dragged her outside.
Webb allegedly “grabbed Melissa Walker and slammed her to the concrete…choked her, and then sat on top of her and held her hands behind her back.”
It’s unclear how much Walker is seeking from Webb, but she claims losses from injury, disability, hospitalization, loss of earnings and loss of capacity for the enjoyment of life.
Webb is a Tampa real estate agent and the president of the GaYBOR District Coalition of businesses in Ybor City. He also opened a club in Gulfport in 2010 called Dive Bar & Grill along with partners Stephen Donahue and D. Stephen Moss.