Lawsuit filed for assault by HOB security guard
Loop North News

HOUSE OF BLUES

4-Dec-09 – The woman who was allegedly assaulted by a House of Blues security officer in October has filed a lawsuit against the officer and his former employer, seeking at least $100,000.

It happened on October 12 at about 11:30 p.m. following a concert at Marina City’s House of Blues by the rock band Hanson. In her complaint filed on Thursday in Circuit Court, Brittney Hernandez, age 23, of Chicago, says she was assaulted by former HOB employee Darrell Gibson as she waited with other fans near Kinzie Street for the band’s tour bus to leave the Marina City complex.

She says Gibson attacked her “for taking a public photograph.” The attack was unprovoked, she claims, and Gibson also committed theft by taking possession of her property, presumably her camera.

Brittney Hernandez (Left) Photo of Hernandez from her MySpace.com page.

Seven counts against Gibson include negligence, assault, battery, theft, and infliction of emotional distress. There are ten counts against House of Blues, including assault, battery, theft, negligent hiring and training, and statutory ordinances violations such as battery, theft, and failing to report the activity to police.

According to a Chicago police spokesperson, a verbal altercation between Gibson and Hernandez over a camera “escalated to a physical altercation,” resulting in minor injuries to the woman’s face.

A cell phone video, taken by a friend of the victim, shows a man identified as Gibson (right) striking a young woman in the face on the south side of West Kinzie Street. Darrell Gibson

Gibson pleaded guilty on November 5 to misdemeanor battery and was sentenced to a year of court supervision.

Photo by Steven Dahlman (Left) This driveway, between the unfinished Museum of Broadcast Communications and Harry Caray’s Italian Steakhouse, leads to the marina level of Marina City and House of Blues. Tour buses use the driveway to load and unload at HOB.

When he was arrested on October 12, Gibson, age 31, of Sauk Village south of Chicago, told police he was a security officer at House of Blues. Managers at House of Blues would neither confirm nor deny that Gibson was an employee but on November 12, an HOB employee told Marina City Online that Gibson no longer worked there.

 Read the complaint

 Related stories:

By Steven Dahlman | Loop North News | sdahlman@loopnorth.com

Published 4-Dec-09 3:25 AM

BIN 36 celebrates 10 years at Marina City

Loop North News
More stories on our
news home page

FREE WEEKLY EMAIL UPDATE

See what’s news in the Loop and Near North Side.
Signup for our weekly email. No ads and no charge. Just enter your email address here...

Number of subscribers:
See this week’s update

Former sign on top of Santa Fe Building installed at railway museum
Home loan interest rates slipping back to historical rock bottom
Riverwalk visitors tiptoe through sewage
Foundation work begins on office/residential buildings at Hubbard & Wells
Supporters of stalled condo board bill will try again next year
Food bank donations made into works of art and engineering
Photo: Where the losing ducks ended up
State tosses $50,000 life preserver to underwater homeowners
More stories


Today
Take in the laughs – and dramatic nighttime views of Chicago – as popular headliner Pat McGann performs on Shoreline Sightseeing’s 90-minute Comedy Cruise with Zanies’ Comedy Club.

Last comedy cruise of the season. Tickets include opening act, headliner, and one drink ticket. A cash bar will also be available.

Departs from Shoreline’s dock at Polk Bros Park at the southwest corner of Navy Pier at 8:00 p.m. Boarding will begin 15 minutes before departure. Tickets: $49 per person. Must be 21. Map. More info.
Friday-Sunday
CREforge, a first-of-its-kind hackathon that seeks to identify and leverage synergies between Chicago’s burgeoning tech and real estate communities through the development of new tools and technologies designed to foster innovation in the commercial real estate industry. 200 West Madison Street, lobby and 12th Floor. Map. More info.

Saturday
Chicago History Museum’s Chicago 101 bus tour. Explore the city with a professional guide to see where civic unrest, historical tragedy, industry and innovation took place. Stops include the sites of Fort Dearborn and the Eastland Disaster, Northerly Island, where the 1933 A Century of Progress International Exposition was held, and Jackson Park, location of the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition and the confirmed site for the new Barack Obama Presidential Center.

1:00 p.m., Chicago History Museum, 1601 North Clark Street. Cost: $55.

Map. More info.

More events

S&P 500
2,172.47 2.97

NASDAQ COMPOSITE
5,212.20 5.49

LOOP/NORTH
37.91 0.08

Biggest Gainers & Losers

OIL-DRI CORP. OF AMERICA
37.81 1.11

EQUITY RESIDENTIAL
65.61 0.80

ARCHER DANIELS MIDLAND CO.
42.56 0.76

Downtown Chicago Stocks