Monday, July 18, 2016

Kansas City Area Couple's Date Night Ended By Violent Homophobic Attack



     Many couples have a date night they look forward to all week long. Especially, in today’s modern world where many couples have conflicting schedules. For instance, my wife and I go out to our favorite place once a week, to order our regular dishes and visit with our favorite staff members. On the evening of July 13th, 26 year-old Jessica and her girlfriend, Kay, went out for one last special date night. Their schedules had recently changed and this would be their final night for dancing to the live DJ at their regular Wednesday spot, Beaver Tap, in Lenexa, KS. The happy couple had no idea the night would leave them traumatized.

      The couple was excited to get to their spot, and took their regular place at a table near the DJ booth.  Jessica was dancing with friends and went to their table to coax Kay to come dance with her. Jessica and Kay noticed some remarks coming from a nearby four top table, occupied by two men and two women. The couple ignored the comments and thought nothing of it until they danced “too close” to the four top, according to its occupants.  

     One of the two women seated at the four top stood up and confronted Jessica, saying that they were dancing too close to their table. Before Jessica could diffuse the situation, one of the men, described as 6’ 2’, 260lb, white male in his early thirties, ripped off Jessica’s glasses, struck her in the face, all while calling her. “a fat dike,” and a “faggot.” The physical assault, and homophobic slurs continued until a server took Jessica to security, who then escorted the two assailants, and the rest of their party, out of the establishment.

     Jessica and Kay were horribly shaken, and sat down at their table. Kay checked Jessica’s injuries.
And before they could process what had just happened, they noticed the two assailants, and their party, had been allowed back into the bar. The on duty manager approached Jessica and Kay with one question. “Are we good?”
Jessica said, “Of course we aren’t good. They assaulted me, and you let them back in!”
The manager’s response was, “I didn’t see them hit you, so I can’t legally throw them out.”
The manager then walked away from Jessica’s table, despite protests from Jessica’s friends.

     Jessica, a bartender herself, knew this incorrect. Jessica told Massev Productions, “I was most shaken on a personal level. I have never been treated so carelessly. On a professional level, Kansas is a ‘Right to Serve’ State. We have thrown people out before for way less. I was very shocked.”
Kay told Massev productions, “I didn’t feel safe because the manager let the group back in.”

    Jessica went to the bathroom to pull herself together, and Kay noticed the two men get up and also head toward the restrooms. She became alarmed when the two women also got up and went toward the restrooms.

    When Jessica saw the women, they were going in as she was coming out. As Jessica came out, one of the girls threw her drink on her and attacked her. Jessica tried to yet again defend herself against their attack.  Kay had now arrived and tried to break it up, but one of the female attackers held her down.

    When the men came out of restrooms, the same male assailant grabbed the glasses off of Jessica’s face and broke them. He then proceeded to once again strike Jessica in the face, while one of the women held onto her by her hair.

     Security finally arrived, but instead of coming to Jessica’s aid, they placed her in an arm lock, and told her that she was, “going to jail.” Security then also escorted Kay out, meanwhile all their possessions were still inside. The 4 assailants were also escorted out, but were not separated from Kay and Jessica. The manager then came outside, and Kay asked her to call the police, as her and Jessica wanted to press charges. The Manager responded that she didn't want to do that because the attacker also had injuries. The Manager said if she did call the police, that she would point out that Kay had been drinking, and therefore Kay would be arrested for DUI.  Even though, Kay was not intoxicated, nor currently driving.

    Jessica and Kay helplessly watched as their attackers drove away in a black, GMC Yukon, with tinted windows and a chrome grill. The injured couple, traumatized, decided to go home and file a police report the next day. When they got home they assessed and photographed Jessica’s injuries. The following photographs document not only her physical injuries, but her emotional trauma as well.
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Jessica After the Incident

Jessica a few months before the incident
    
Jessica After the Incident
When their families and friends heard of the attack, and the way Beaver Tap staff handled the situation, they took to social media to call for justice. They posted several negative reviews of the business on Facebook, Yelp, and the company’s Google Business page. The negative reviews became so numerous, Beaver Tap suspended their own Facebook page. Jessica said, “My dad is a calm man, normally, but both of our families are livid.”

    When Jessica and Kay called Beaver Tap the next day for information needed to file their police report, and to report to Beaver Tap that a young, African-American waitress had been very helpful, Beaver Tap staff stated they would not help them because of the, “bad social media rap.”

    Massev Productions reached out to Beaver Tap, first by contacting the Lenexa location. A woman identifying herself as a manager, but refusing to give her name, said,” I am not talking to you. You need to call during daytime business hours.” Massev Productions tried to reach Riley Drive, Inc , owners of Beaver Tap, Saints, and Tonic, by phone and by email. We have not yet received a response.

    Since the attack Jessica and Kay have both experienced the expected emotional fallout of their trauma.
    Jessica told Massev Productions.” It is literally just a feeling, that everywhere I go, I am looking at people and wondering if they are looking at me and trying to tell if they are acting a certain way. This happens everywhere I go. The other day I wanted to kiss Kay and I was looking around to see if people were looking at us.”
    She went on to say, she and Kay have both missed work, and have not been able to eat, or sleep much since the incident. We asked Jessica if Kay was nervous about leaving her alone. Jessica said “I think there is a certain protective factor there but Kay has also missed work and hasn’t been able to eat.”
    Massev Productions will continue to bring you updates on this story, including any public statements made by Riley Drive, Inc.

***UPDATE***

On the afternoon of July, 19th, Massev Productions was contacted by Kem Anderson, of Riley Drive, Inc, and owner of Beaver Tap. Below you will find her written statement.


"I am the owner of Beaver Tap and I am a woman. The General Manager and every assistant manager are women. We are likely one of the few bars in the Kansas City metro with an owner and an entire management staff that is female. The accusation that we are anti‐female or anti‐lesbian is offensive, without merit and made by people that do not know us.

I have spoken to my staff, read allegations by the couple and reviewed the video of the incident. The
video shows two females sitting at a table near the dance floor. The first female spends the majority of her time on the dance floor dancing with others, while the second female sits at the table alone most of the time. Periodically, the video shows the first female returning to the table where words are
exchanged with people at the adjacent table.

The video then shows the first female walk to the restroom hallway. Soon thereafter a scuffle breaks
out. As trained, security staff quickly arrived to break up the scuffle. The video then shows the two
women at issue walk out of the bar. I then observe security staff escort at least two other women out of the bar. Contrary to the allegations, our security staff reports that it was another female that hit this
woman, not a male.

The security video contradicts much of the story that has been circulating online. My staff also
contradicts much of what has been alleged by these two females.

Today a Lenexa police detective reviewed the video. While the matter is still under investigation, based on our conversations with the detective after his review of the video, we believe the detective will conclude that our statement of the facts is correct.

We treat all of our customers with respect. Unfortunately, we can’t control how our customers treat
each other.

Kem Anderson"

Per the Riley Drive, Inc. LinkedIn account.
"Riley Drive Inc. is a leading hospitality and management company. Founded by Marc Mundt and Scott Anderson in 2005, the company owns and operates numerous sports pubs and bars in the Des Moines, Omaha, and Kansas City metro areas. Riley Drive, Inc. also manages other investment interests."
    https://www.linkedin.com/company/riley-drive-entertainment
  


********************************UPDATE*********************************

Concerning the surveillance video, a spokesperson from Lenexa PD stated there were discrepancies between the video and story. Massev Productions should have a copy of the video incident within the next couple of days.

Also, in an email exchange between Scott Anderson, the owner of Riley Drive Inc and Beaver Tap and Massev Productions, Mr. Anderson offers a second possible series of events that leaves Jessica being assaulted in the parking lot, rather than inside the establishment. It was the first time anyone from Riley Drive Inc acknowledged the assault throughout the investigation. However, the setting of the assault was moved from inside of the bar to beyond its front door. When asked if he provided footage of the parking lot to the Police Mr. Anderson replied "There are no cameras in the parking lot."

An interesting twist in events.

Editor Note: One more thing, Guys. Mr. Anderson is also alleging his staff is receiving death threats. Massev Productions completely condemns this behavior. I completely condemn this behavior. If this is actually happening it needs to stop. That is not the way things are done, and that behavior makes you no better than the people who perpetrated the attack. Should Mr. Anderson wish to open an investigation and prosecute whoever are issuing those threats he has Massevs full support. Jessica maintains a group of patrons assaulted her, not the staff of the bar . Though the response of management was questionable through out the alleged  incident, it does not warrant that type of response. So...in other words...knock it off. 

Keep checking back for more updates!


 Editorial note: Last names withheld to protect the victims








47 comments:

  1. I hate Beaver Tap already and now I hate it even more. No one deserves this. It makes me absolutely disgusted. Hopefully someone heard about this and decides to do actually do something about it. This is so sad. Prayers to the victims and to anyone else affected this <3

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    1. Agreed!!! Wish there was something we could do to help these girls

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    3. You used the correct form in the original post. Their implies ownership of something and there is nothing to own in your statement.

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  2. This is sad! Manage or bar tender, who ever Emily is, should be responsible for all medical bills damages and abuse! Since she let them back in bar! I hope these young ladies press charges on both couples and Emily!

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  3. There is something seriously wrong with those 4 people. I'm so sorry Jessica and Kay, couldn't even imagine what you went through. And "Emily" should be in some serious trouble and find a new job.
    This pissed me off to no end. I already hated people but even more with all the stupidity in "inhuman" types! There seems to be less and less humanity left.

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  4. "Beaver Tap" ----sounds like a typical JO CO redneck sports bar. ----and thats coming from someone who lives in JO CO. Pathetic

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    1. Hmmm, we don't like people judging us but we have no problem judging you. Some of the most hateful people i've seen are SJW's.

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  5. Boycott all establishments associated with this "bar" until they fire the "manager" "Emily" and all bouncers that refused to help. Then i would sue the SHIT out of the owners of the bar and that stupid ass cunty manager.

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  6. Jessica and Kay: I'm sorry this happened to you. It brings back memories of being taunted, ridiculed, and physically hurt for being gay. Please take my advice: hire a lawyer and show this establishment NO MERCY.

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  7. Since the change this place is awful an saints is just as bad pathetic excuse for business they need to be shut down

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  8. Since the change this place is awful an saints is just as bad pathetic excuse for business they need to be shut down

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  9. Should've went to Missy B's they would not have put up with that! PERIOD!! That is absolute crap! I know where not to go now! I hope Jessica and Kay recover from this! People are so cruel.

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  10. i saw that the blog was posted to KCAVP's FB page, but if either Jessica or Kay would like to reach out to KCAVP, their services are confidential and they will respect their privacy and help them in any way they can, from dealing with the police or the media to connecting them with local support services. http://www.kcavp.org/

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    1. "Whole" thing. Get educated.

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    2. maybe this person wasn't as fortunate as you in getting an education. really shouldn't attack people that don't have the privileges that you had growing up.

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    3. If you were there and saw the whole thing and are willing to "call them out" on here why hide your identity? Tell them who you are so they know who to talk to. Did you talk to the police? If you are that convinced then you should as it is assault and battery. Otherwise all you are is another coward unwilling to do anything but sit behind your computer and start shit.

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    6. I like how my comment was deleted and the caption changed of the before pic but who is to say the "after" photos are of that night and not prior months as well!?! I'm not condoning anything just pointing out that how this story lacks credibility

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    7. RachelS, you bring up some good points. Your comments were deleted because they were duplicates. There are duplicates below but both have comments under them.

      As far as the photo is concerned, there were a lot of factors going into that decision. 6ish months isn't that long. If you found the one we used on FB then you can do a comparison on more recent ones. You will find the conclusion is the same. The point of a before pic is to show her as a non victim. When you see that pic, she looks happy, friendly, and welcoming. The after pics are obviously after she was assaulted. I decided to post a before pic mainly to remind the readers that she had a life prior to the incident.

      Finally, thank you for voicing your concern about credibility. I appreciate all input and will make the necessary changes to make it more accurate, thus the reason for the caption change. I do enjoy and encourage open communication so if there is anything else I can explain, or if you have any other questions, do not hesitate to speak up.

      Thanks for reading!

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  12. Shame on the attackers. Question - why didn't the victims immediately leave the bar after the first assault?

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  13. Sorry girls but it's fucking 2016....things change stop hating

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  14. If you could identify your assailants we can help you get your revenge.

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  15. For starters sorry to Jessica and Kay for this heinous act and brutual pathetic crime. But please don't classify and include these costume wearing haters as rednecks. Because if you come out to my local pub and a man decides to hit a woman he will be taught the respect and manners he should of been trained by growing up. We rednecks have way more respect for woman regardless of their sexual preferrence, men do not hit women period......

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  16. Show us this video. Unedited.

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  17. You may want to check the credibility of not only these girls but also this article!! The so called picture of the taken before the so called attack is actually a picture this so called victim took and posted in DEC 2015. This blogger is going to lose all credibility by posting articles without doing proper research!

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    1. I found that just by looking at FB so I can't imagine what the video actually shows.

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  18. Since December 2015 is BEFORE the incident at Beaver Tap, I would say it qualifies as a legitimate photo of what the victim looked like prior to the hate crime. So maybe she gained or lost a little weight, or changed the length of her hair in the 6 months since it was taken, but the point is that she wasn't covered in bruises and blood. It was probably chosen because it most closely represented the way she looked that night before being assaulted. If you think this makes her statement false, or that the other witnesses to the incident were asked to lie by the victims to refute a video that, let's face it, was probably doctored to protect the etablishment's liquor license, then you are part of the problem. Stop perpetuating and condoning violence and for the love of humanity, stop looking for reasons to blame the victim. I'm fucking sick and tired of violence PERIOD.

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    1. That is exactly why the photo was chosen as a before photo. Changes were made to the caption for accurate representation

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  19. Since December 2015 is BEFORE the incident at Beaver Tap, I would say it qualifies as a legitimate photo of what the victim looked like prior to the hate crime. So maybe she gained or lost a little weight, or changed the length of her hair in the 6 months since it was taken, but the point is that she wasn't covered in bruises and blood. It was probably chosen because it most closely represented the way she looked that night before being assaulted. If you think this makes her statement false, or that the other witnesses to the incident were asked to lie by the victims to refute a video that, let's face it, was probably doctored to protect the etablishment's liquor license, then you are part of the problem. Stop perpetuating and condoning violence and for the love of humanity, stop looking for reasons to blame the victim. I'm fucking sick and tired of violence PERIOD.

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  20. Not condoning anything. Just pointing out an observation and how the other pictures could also be from months ago. Just seems there is more to the story then what is being written.

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    1. There is always more to the story and when I know it then you will. Here is a freebie-I interviewed a staff member of the bar. He confirmed the vast majority of Jessicas story, what he could not confirm is what he did not see. However, he does confirm she was assaulted that evening. When I have permission to print that story with his name and position with the company then you will know and see it.

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  21. There are more recent photos posted why not use them for accuracy?!

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    2. Why does the age of a "before" picture an issue... it's not about a picture. It's about what happened to someone. A human being. You're obviously not seeing what this is about. How bout instead of asking about a photo, u should ask why someone would do something like this to another person. Especially since this event evolved a man hitting a woman.

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  22. This is from the owner.


    I am the owner of the Beaver Tap and I am a woman. The General Manager and every assistant manager are women. We are likely one of the few bars in the Kansas City metro with an owner and entire management staff that is female. The accusation that we are anti-female or anti-lesbian is offensive, without merit and made by people that do not know us.
    I have spoken to my staff, read allegations by couple and reviewed the video of the incident. The video shows two females sitting at a table near the dance floor. The first female spends the majority of her time on the dance floor dancing with others, while the second female sits at the table alone most of the time. Periodically, the video shows the first female returning to the table where the words are exchanged with people at the adjacent table.
    The video then shows the first female walk to the restroom hallway. Soon thereafter a scuffle breaks out. As trained, security staff quickly arrived to break up the scuffle. The video then shows the two women at issue walk out of the bar. I then observe  security staff escort at least two other women out of the bar. Contrary to the allegations, our security staff reports that it was another female that hit this woman, not a male.
    The security video contradicts much of the story that has been circulating online. My staff also contradicts much of what has been alleged by these two females.
    Today a Lenexa police detective reviewed the video. While the matter is still under investigation, based on our conversations with the detective after his review of the video, we believe the detective will conclude that our statement of the facts are correct.
    We treat all of our customers with respect. Unfortunately, we can't control how our customers treat each other.
    Kem Anderson

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  23. I posted that at the end of the article. What I would like is to actually hear from Beaver Tap concerning this issue. I did speak to one employee about the incident, and though his story supports most of what Jessica reported, there are some differences. Unfortunately I can not write that up because I do not want to risk his job.

    Question Swamper-Did the press release (what you just posted) come through on my article on your end? There have been a few issues concerning updates. Let me know

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  24. The staff member that said that they couldn't legally kick them out for good is false. I worked in the bar scene as a bouncer/coolor for many years and if I kicked people out for the night; they STAYED kicked out for the night. Obviously, one or more of the staff members were friends, family or acquaintances of the attackers and allowed them to re-enter the establishment. These two victims have a class action law suit that they can file. I'd advise them to find a good attorney and pursue it.

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  25. Coming from someone who knows absolutely nothing about this except for what I'm reading here, it seems odd to me that (I won't name them)someone on this thread keeps questioning the validity of and timeline of the before photo. Maybe there's a chance that that same person was involved in this and is trying to discredit the victims. It's just a thought but it seems odds they would question that multiple times in the same, short thread. I, like the poster above, think a minimum of one person on the staff knew the assailant, hence the letting them back in, kicking them out when they were assaulted, and threatening them with a DUI police arrest. There are lots of good lawyers out there who would make this right for the victims. Many times when someone continues to try to discredit a victim they are involved... Just something to think about

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  26. Pretty sad when a guy has to hit a woman! Better check your masculinity, bud. They just really need to shut this bar down or get new owners who will NOT condone that type of behavior. Boycott this establishment!

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