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    Allegations of Druggings and Sexual Assaults Resurface at The Abbey WeHo

    The Abbey Food and Bar, located at 692 N Robertson Blvd, is facing a wave of allegations involving druggings and sexual assaults reports The 19th News independent, nonprofit newsroom reporting on gender, politics and policy.

    In a story titled “A Night They Can’t Remember, at One of the Country’s Most Popular LGBTQ+ Bars” the 19th News reports that the controversy dates back to 2011 when Yvette Lopez, after consuming a drink at The Abbey, found herself feeling sick, throwing up, blacking out and eventually landing in the hospital. The incident led to a lawsuit against the establishment in 2013.

    Over the years, more individuals have come forward with similar accounts. The 19th’s three-year investigation revealed a pattern of incidents dating as far back as 2007, with patrons reporting being drugged and, in some cases, sexually assaulted. Despite numerous claims, law enforcement and The Abbey’s management have maintained that there is no evidence suggesting staff involvement in drugging patrons. and a recent investigation has shed light on they allege is a persistent issue.

    Lopez’s case, once settled out of court in 2015, resurfaced with comedian Haely White’s Instagram post in 2021, alleging that she too was drugged at The Abbey. White’s post triggered a cascade of accusations from over 70 people who claimed to have experienced disorientation or loss of consciousness after visiting the popular establishment.

    Alleged victims, however, assert that their attempts to report incidents to The Abbey, law enforcement, or elected officials were met with indifference or resistance. Some even reported discouragement from filing police reports due to a lack of hard evidence. Public records indicate that officials were aware of drugging allegations as early as 2016.

    Furthermore, in a YouTube video posted by Stephanie Sical, host at BobbyDee presents, and former radio personality, she flatly stated that “The Abbey bar/restaurant in West Hollywood is known for spiking drinks and pickpocketing.” In the video she shared footage of individuals who claim they were roofied and robbed at the bar, one person claiming she was robbed multiple times.

    Sical says, “There have been shocking amounts of countless people speaking out about this bar/restaurant in West Hollywood called ‘The Abbey‘ urging women and anyone in general NOT to go there because the bartenders and staff have been drugging, pickpocketing and doing other horrific experiences to these people at this restaurant.”

    Among the shares was a blogger who recounts a time when she said she believed she and her friend were roofied at The Abbey and robbed. She claims it was a bartender who spiked her drink which resulted in her and her friend blacking out. Her phone and jacket were stolen and she had to rely on the kindness of strangers to get an Uber home.

    Xavier Madera claims he took a few sips of a drink and then he came to at Cedars Sinai the following day without any memory of what happened before. “It sucked,” he said. “If you only drink half of the drink and not even the whole drink and something happens, something is wrong, because I can drink more than that so that’s how I knew.

    WEHO TIMES shared the video. Then shortly after, the video was removed from the platform.

    New Video Shares Terrifying Stories of Drugging and Pickpocketing at The Abbey WeHo

    The Abbey, an iconic LGBTQ+ venue known for its role in community events and advocacy, denies any wrongdoing, stating that settling lawsuits doesn’t imply guilt. Former employees, however, contradicted this, claiming that management was alerted to possible druggings on numerous occasions, reports The Advocate.

    As the controversy deepens, The Abbey faces legal battles, including a $5 million lawsuit against Haely White, accusing her of defamation and breach of contract. White, in turn, alleges an intimidation campaign against her to silence potential whistleblowers.

    Despite the mounting allegations, The Abbey, a fixture in West Hollywood’s LGBTQ+ scene for over three decades, is set to undergo a change in ownership. The controversy surrounding the establishment raises questions about safety, accountability, and the challenges faced by victims attempting to come forward.

    To read the full report by the 19th News, which also includes quotes from West Hollywood council member John Heilman and former WeHo council member and mayor John D’Amico, click on the link below:

    https://19thnews.org/2024/01/investigation-the-abbey-los-angeles/

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    Paulo Murillo is Editor in Chief and Publisher of WEHO TIMES. He brings over 20 years of experience as a columnist, reporter, and photo journalist. Murillo began his professional writing career as the author of “Love Ya, Mean It,” an irreverent and sometimes controversial West Hollywood lifestyle column for FAB! newspaper. His work has appeared in numerous print and online publications, which include the “Hot Topic” column in Frontiers magazine, where he covered breaking news and local events in West Hollywood. He can be reached at [email protected]

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    Kiss it
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    3 months ago

    Actually who would waste drugs by putting lemon drinks of strangers?

    Kiss it
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    3 months ago

    These money grabbers are just a bunch of losers! Post thier pictures and names to warn other places! No bartender with spike their customers drinks!
    in The Middle East you have to pay a fine before you accuse anyone of anything we need to implement that here!

    Shane
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    3 months ago

    So your solution is to allow people to victimize poor people?

    Tom
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    3 months ago

    “Countless” people? Really? or 70? Over what period of time? Of the countless people who have been served there without incident. And this Stephanie Sical at Bobby Dee presents better watch what she presents as facts (“bartenders and staff have been drugging, pickpocketing and doing other horrific experiences to these people at this restaurant.”) I am sure there are enough lawyers patronizing The Abbey who would happily bring a slander suit against her and her producers. FYI- I haven’t liked the place since shortly after it started serving booze. But the idea that the bartenders there have the time even… Read more »

    Shane
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    3 months ago

    I doubt it’s bartenders either. There are people at the bars in the Rainbow District who are trying to pickpocket and they prefer their victims are inebriated. It’s completely fathomable they slip something into someone’s drink.

    Reasonably Skeptical
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    3 months ago

    Read the article from the Advocate – nothing new there – hundreds of thousands of people come to the Abbey and haven’t had this experience. There is no concrete evidence of this and it seems per the article people either arrived drunk or could have been mixing stuff on their own. What would be the incentive for bar staff to do this? What is the incentive for this article out of nowhere? I know the Abbey’s liquor license is pending transfer…

    Kiss it
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    3 months ago

    These people are just money Hungary drunks! Why were the bartender about a spike or drug anyone’s drinks? They are there to serve drinks and make money on tips! He’s lazy people should just get a real job instead of making this false accusations…It’s a gay bar while department and your mother spike a woman’s drink ..they Dont want to sleep with her!!! All these frivolous lawsuits are just a waste of time, we need to implement a lawn this country like they do in Europe where you have to pay a fine to accuse a person or a business… Read more »

    Curtis
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    3 months ago

    Hungary is a country. Do you mean hungry?

    John Ryan
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    Alleged victims, however, assert that their attempts to report incidents to The Abbey, law enforcement, or elected officials were met with indifference or resistance. Some even reported discouragement from filing police reports due to a lack of hard evidence. Public records indicate that officials were aware of drugging allegations as early as 2016.”

    The City and the Sheriffs are more concerned about how much tax revenue this place generates than for the safety of its customers. This place is way overpriced, exclusionary, and dangerous; plenty of other bars to patronize that are more reasonably priced, friendlier, and SAFE!

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