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A 22-year-old D.C. woman, Keisha Young, was attacked on June 13 after being mistaken for a different woman accused of sneaking in a bottle of liquor from another establishment. 

Young expected nothing more than a good night with friends and family at the Pride Celebration in D.C. At about 1 a.m. on June 13, the 22-year-old headed to Nellie’s Sports Bar at Ninth and U streets NW. 

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To her surprise, Young reached the top of the stairs to a second-floor bar where she stated she was attacked without warning after apparently being mistaken for a different woman accused of sneaking in a bottle of liquor from another establishment.

Video has surfaced since the attack, showing that Young was punched in the head and knocked down. She said a security guard dragged her down the stairs by her wrist and hair.

Nellie’s Sports Bar told Eater that it fired the security guard involved in the incident, who was an independent security vendor the bar brought in for Pride weekend. 

“We were incredibly upset and disturbed to see the unfortunate event that took place at Nellie’s last night. 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,” the bar wrote in a post on Instagram

Alongside the numerous posts in support of Young from the public, she has started a personal GoFundMe to raise money to help with her legal, medical and therapy fees resulting from the incident.  

Young wrote that she lost her glasses and her iPhone, stating that her clothes were ripped off, bruised and having trouble sleeping due to anxiety.

The GoFundMe reads in part:

“Im feeling a little humiliated to have went viral being assaulted by a black man who should be protecting me. I am a college student i attend Morgan state University and am graduating next year and I’m just happy that it didn’t escalate too far and that I’m still here in my pain and grief still able to tell my story and get justice.”

Young’s lawyer, Branden Burell, and Nellie’s Sports Bar did not respond to Scriberr News request for a comment.

Written ByElyce Hastings

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