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Jay-Z's Nightclub Sued Over Ferocious Beating

12/11/2009 1:15 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

One of the men savagely beaten outside of Jay-Z's Atlantic City nightclub last month is finally fighting back -- dropping a serious lawsuit on the club and the bouncers who were caught beating him on tape.



Bryant Norwood -- the first man attacked in the video -- is demanding a "substantial amount of money" from the 40/40 Club and the bouncers, claiming the "bullies" attacked him for "no reason" as he left the establishment back in November.

TMZ spoke to Norwood's attorney, who told us, "These so-called security personnel are going to have to answer why Mr. Norwood was lying on the ground being kicked and why he was punched in the head as he tried to escape from them."

The attorney added, "The 40/40 Club is going to have to answer why they hired people like this to supposedly protect their patrons and maintain order in their establishment."

According to the lawsuit, filed in state court in New Jersey, Norwood sustained "diverse personal injuries" and "permanent injuries."

We're told the other two men attacked in the brawl are also planning on filing lawsuits in the near future.

Calls to the 40/40 Club have not been returned.

14 COMMENTS

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1.

gina    

good! for the 40/40 club and jay z. these people think that because they have money they can get away with hitting people. meanwhile jay z should be kissing our ass cause we buy his music. not hitting people. even if it wasn't him, it was his people. all of these so called super stars should pay there taxes.

1687 days ago
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gina    

I hate Jay z. he is a fake person.

1687 days ago
3.

Dude    

They are so screwed. I'm sure they were causing some sort of problem in the club, but there is no plausible explanation for a dozen guys to be beating a man who is on the ground. I'd like to know how this ended up getting on video?

1687 days ago
4.

Honkycracka    

Them guys from Neptune probably deserved it!! Going down to Jay Zs club thinkin they are big ballers. It musta been a friday cause they got paid!!!

1687 days ago
5.

THE CHILDREN ARE NOT BEING PROPERLY SUPERVISED...PERIOD!    

Yall better be nice to Jayz, he's Oprah's BFF!!

Jayz hired these thugs, he should be accountable. period.

Jayz this is one strike against you, better watch out if you're trying to get into political office, oh but they are thugs as well.

Use to be a drug dealer turned rapper turned bar owner

1687 days ago
6.

J C    

Why would anyone want to own a "club" once they've become successful?
Club is just another word for ghetto.It attracts drunks ,drug addicts and delusional hangers on and all kinds of trouble makers who can't live an honest life.

1687 days ago
7.

barry Gordy is genius    

Word is, they were fighting over Chris Brown and that lesbian, Rihanna.

1687 days ago
8.

radarluv    

Jay-Z hires bodyguards to beat up patrons, his little buddy Chris Brown beats women, his friend Kayne West ruins awards ceremony for a young girl. These idiots are called successful men?

1686 days ago
9.

JM in San Diego    

The problem is "rap." Don't worry about the particulars of the situation. Just remember the explanation: Rap. It's all junk. Its practitioners are no good and its supporters are misguided. It's called music but it's only just rhythmic grunting. (When was the last time you walked down the street and encountered somebody who was whistling or humming rap? Never. It's NOT music.)
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Any guy who goes to a rap joint and expects to meet just nice people is a dork. He should anticipate an unpleasant surprise or two. This beating victim is lucky he didn't collect any knife wounds after he started pissing people off, which is exactly what happened, right?. He'll stay home for a while and later, when he heals, he will go back, because he's stupid or he's a troublemaker or both.
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BTW, this has nothing to do with the race of many (most?) rappers. Country singers all suck eggs, too. When Buck Owens died, I wanted to go to his funeral just to make sure he was really dead, but I had things to do that weekend.

1686 days ago
10.

Janet    

It's just a place for low-life thugs to hang out in.

1686 days ago
11.

Ren    

WHY DON'T THESE PEOPLE GET JOBS INCLUDING ALL THE OTHER PEOPLE WHO DON'T WORK ,BUT MAKE A LIVING SUING RICH PEOPLE, YES THERE ARE PEOPLE WHO STAY AWAKE AT NIGHT TRYING TO FIGURE OUT HOW TO SUE OTHERS.

1686 days ago
12.

Brook    

"Substantial amount of money"

Bad, bad, bad, on both ends, the guy doesn't want to work and Jay has too much of his financial business out there.

1686 days ago
13.

dc    

I have hired, trained, and fired a lot of bouncers over the years and I defend the use of 13 bouncers on two guys because its not supposed to be a fair fight. That is the only reason the big drunk guy in the bar who has a blood stream full of liquid courage or cocain and thinks he can beat up any bouncer who interferes with his good time might choose not to fight and just leave when asked.

1673 days ago
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dc    

I am a bouncer so for the most part I defend their actions but here is where they missed up. I tell my guys that even if a customer pisses them off, THEY have to not allow the customer to escalate the situation to where the punishment and the offense now have nothing to do with each other. Some of these guys were probably on some personal ego trip or let a customer make them get caught up in an adrinaline filled moment. Customers who " weren't doing anything" (they never are) and were " attacked for no reason" (they always are) can be very belligerent and agressive,especially if they are very drunk and or know or thinks the bouncer is very limited in what he can do by law. We, as bouncers and employees of the club, have to realize, no matter how crazy the situation gets, that we have a responsibility not only to protect ourselves,the other patrons, and staff, but also anyone we take into our temporary custody. When this is not done is when people most often get sued.

1673 days ago

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