Five plaintiffs have filed suit against an East St. Louis nightclub after claiming to have suffered injuries during a no-holds-barred melee made infamous last April after video footage emerged and circulated across YouTube. The fracas, which lasted several minutes, included pistol whippings, body slams and several blows to the body with what appear to be metal chairs and bar stools. One security guard was hospitalized with a gunshot wound to the hand.
During the early-morning hours of April 3, 2011, during a Webbie concert at Blackmon's Plaza, at least three plaintiffs were caught up in a stampede, one plaintiff was attacked by security officers, and another plaintiff required eight staples in his head after being clocked with a chair, according to the suit, which was filed in St. Clair County Court on January 19.
The 20-count, 46-page liability complaint also alleges that security guards had chained an exit door shut, preventing anyone from escaping the battle royal. The full complaint is below.