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Hillsborough lawsuit includes puking in a bar and “full nelson” choke holds

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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.

Janelle Irwin has been a professional journalist covering local news and politics in the Tampa Bay area since 2003. She also hosts a weekly political talk show on WMNF Community radio. Janelle formerly served as the sole staff reporter for WMNF News and previously covered news for and various local neighborhood newsletters. Her work has been featured in the New York Daily News, Free Speech Radio News and Florida Public Radio and she's been interviewed by radio stations across the nation for her coverage of the 2012 Republican National Convention. Janelle is a diehard news junkie who isn't afraid to take on big names in local politics including Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn, the dirty business of trash and recycling in St. Pete and the ongoing Pier debacle. Her work as a reporter and radio host has earned her two WMNF awards including News Volunteer of the Year and Public Affairs Volunteer of the Year. Janelle is also the devoted mother to three brilliant and beautiful daughters who are a constant source of inspiration and occasional blogging fodder. To contact, email

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