Renzo Gracie Facing Assault Charges for Allegedly Attacking Nightclub Doorman
Posted by Jeffrey Harris on 05.20.2014
Gracie charged with gang assaultů
MMAFighting.com reports that Renzo Gracie is facing charges of gang assault in the second degree after he and his party allegedly attacked a nightclub doorman. The doorman was reportedly sent to the hospital with a broken arm.
Below is an eyewitness statement of the incident (courtesy of Sherdog):
"According to the witness, Gracie arrived at the club in a group of approximately seven men and immediately went to the front of the line.
Gracie then became involved in a confrontation with what the witness described as the doorman. Things escalated from there, as Gracie's group allegedly squared off with a group of 1-Oak bouncers. According to the witness, Gracie at one point had the doorman in full mount, while another one of his group hit a different bouncer with a construction cone.
The fracas spilled into the street, with more punches being thrown. Eventually the police arrived and arrested everyone in Gracie's party, while an ambulance came for the bouncer who had been mounted by Gracie, according to the witness. It was unclear as to why Gracie and his group were originally upset."
Gracie was arrested later by the New York Police Department's 10th Precinct. Gracie could face a 15-year sentence in state prison. A source close to the situation said that Gracie was originally supposed to be released on 2PM ET on Monday (May 19), but his arraignment was delayed to later that evening.
Also, you can watch a video of the scene before Gracie was arrested (NSFW language):