UPDATED 6/15, 9:40 a.m. ET: Keisha Young wants an apology, her attorney tells TMZ. Young feels singled out and racially profiled, and is “mentally shaken up and, physically, suffered bruises,” per the outlet.
Her attorney, Brandon Burrell, adds that Nellies has yet to contact her directly. But if the bar wants to include Young in a conversation about how to treat people who are BIPOC better, she’s “more than willing to come to the table.”
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After a video went viral, showing a woman dragged by security, dozens flocked to Nellie’s Sports Bar in Washington, D.C. to protest the location.
Protests kicked off at the popular LGBTQ+ bar around 6:30 p.m. Sunday after it was packed with customers the night before. Keisha Young, 22, says she was the woman who was pulled down the stairs, and while it’s unknown what led to the incident, the video containing the scene has already reached plenty in the area.
Keisha Young, 22, of Md., says she was the woman seen being dragged out of Nellies in that viral video on IG. When I asked her what should happen next, she said, “I want them gone”. (@wusa9) pic.twitter.com/ZkwxnSWZqU
Young told WUSA9 that “I want them [Nellie’s] gone” and that she didn’t do anything to deserve the treatment.
“It was an altercation in there,” she said. “They were trying to get some other people out because somebody else brought a bottle in there. Somehow I got mixed up in an altercation because I look like somebody else and I got hit and dragged down the steps.”
Nellie also released a statement on Instagram while the protest was going on.
“We were incredibly upset and disturbed to see the unfortunate event that took place at Nellie’s last night,” the statement read. “We are undergoing a full investigation of the situation. At Nellie’s, we foster an inclusive and safe environment, so events like this are completely unacceptable to us.”