The owner of a bar where Martese Johnson, a University of Virginia student, whose brutal arrest was captured on camera released a statement Saturday denying claims that the 20-year-old man was belligerent, according to NBC 29.
Kevin Badke, owner of Trinity Irish Pub, issued the statement through his attorney describing his encounter with Johnson early Wednesday morning, which runs counter to previous reports about Johnson’s bloody encounter with Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control officers.
The statement says Badke was working the door when Johnson tried to enter with an Illinois ID. After Johnson gave the wrong zip code on his ID, Badke denied him entry into the bar and Johnson walked away, the report states.
“There have been reported comments that management of Trinity were belligerent towards Mr. Johnson or that Mr. Johnson was belligerent towards management,” the statement reads, according to NBC 29. “Those allegations are patently untrue, as the brief conversation that occurred was polite and cordial. Mr. Badke’s observation was that Mr. Johnson was a disappointed patron.”