A woman who used Facebook Live to record her alleged sexual assault at a popular Atlanta nightclub is suing the establishment, her lawyer said.
Jasmine Eiland, 30, filed the lawsuit against Opera Atlanta Tuesday, claiming the club was negligent and failed to provide adequate safety and security the night the alleged assault took place.
“It wasn’t just negligence, which is the basis of most lawsuits. This was reckless indifference. This was callousness,” Attorney L. Chris Stewart said at a press conference.
Stewart alleged that the nightclub had only one-fourth of the security normally employed.
“Something like that should not happen in a nightclub,” Attorney L. Chris Stewart later told the Associated Press. “It’s really a situation where they chose to choose profit over protection.”
Eiland, who lives in Illinois, was dancing at Opera on Jan. 19. She went for a concert by hip-hop artist August Alsina and live-streamed the event. Her post later turned dark when she could be seen screaming “somebody help me” as tears rolled down her face.
Her lawyer said Eiland was then assaulted once more in a closed-off area.
Dominique Williams was arrested in the case and charged with aggravated sodomy. He is currently being held in Fulton County jail.
His lawyer, Shequel Ross, told Rolling Out Williams denies the alleged attack.
“I cannot tell you what happened [on the night of the alleged attack] but I can tell what didn’t happen is a rape. I can tell you what didn’t happen was a sexual assault,” she told the outlet.
The lawsuit is seeking both medical and legal expenses, as well as compensatory and punitive damages.
Eiland thanked those who have supported her. She also noted that she wouldn’t let online bullies stop her from speaking out.