A former bartender at the Charleston Sports Pub claims in a new lawsuit that the negligence of the company and its staff led to his sexual assault by a coworker in 2018.
Perry Freeman, owner of the company, denied the allegations in an interview on September 22, calling them “100% false.”
The woman, who is only identified as Jane Doe in court documents, alleges that she was sexually assaulted by another bartender, Donald Leroy Goodemote II, on October 7, 2018, while they worked together at the Charleston Sports Pub, formerly at 792 Folly Road. on James Island.
Goodemote, 33, has been charged with third degree criminal sexual conduct based on the allegations. He was released on bail set at $ 40,000 and the case is still pending, according to criminal court records.
In a lawsuit filed on September 21 in state court, the woman alleges the pub and its staff allowed Goodemote to get drunk while working on the night of the alleged assault.
The woman, who was also working that night, said she was drugged by a stranger during her shift, according to the civil complaint.
Despite her own level of intoxication, Goodemote was allowed to drive the woman home after work, where she was “the victim of a reckless and reckless physical act” by Goodemote, according to the lawsuit.
The woman says she suffered “bodily injury, mental anguish, pain and suffering, emotional disturbance, absences from work and normal activities of her daily life were disrupted” as a result of the alleged assault.
She seeks unspecified damages.
Charleston Sports Pub has seven locations across the state, including five in the Charleston area.
Freeman said on September 22 that the Charleston Sports Pub has a strict policy prohibiting employees from drinking at work.
Freeman said Goodemote was fired due to the seriousness of the allegations. The company examined surveillance footage from the night of the alleged assault and found that the bartender had not consumed alcohol behind the bar.
“They’re chasing us in the hopes of some sort of self-assurance, but we’re 100% convinced that none of the things they said was true,” Freeman said.
Freeman said he plans to counterattack on the allegations.
Ryan Andrews, the woman’s lawyer, did not respond to a request for comment.
Goodemote’s criminal defense attorney Cameron Blazer also did not respond to a request for comment.
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