The Abbey Food & Bar, located at 692 N Robertson Boulevard, finds itself embroiled in a $1 million lawsuit over allegations of an assault by its security personnel on a patron. Legal documents, recently acquired by The Blast, reveal that Sergio Cota, the plaintiff in this case, contends that he was subjected to an attack by one of the bar’s security guards while attempting to gain entry to the restaurant and bar.
According to the lawsuit, on September 10, 2023, Cota arrived at the Abbey at approximately 11 p.m., expecting to partake in what he described as “typical fun in a bar in West Hollywood.” However, shortly after his arrival, he says he was approached by multiple Abbey security guards for no reason. An altercation ensued and the security tried to eject him from the premises. Cota alleges he was taken by surprise when security personnel seized his shoulder, spun him around, and asked him why he was at The Abbey. He told them that he had come to “enjoy the environment,” as he was a frequent patron of the establishment.
During the altercation, Cota alleges that he was struck in the face by one of the security guards, subjected to a “violent grab,” and forcefully slammed face-first into the ground. The security personnel purportedly tackled him and restricted his movements. Cota contends that the attack caused him to sustain severe injuries, including head concussions and bodily bruises.
Furthermore, Cota claims to be suffering from severe emotional distress, including anguish, humiliation, embarrassment, mental suffering, nervousness, tension, anxiety, and depression, as a direct consequence of the alleged harassment and physical assault by The Abbey’s security personnel. He asserts that these emotional distresses have resulted in the accrual of substantial future medical bills.
The lawsuit places the responsibility on The Abbey’s ownership and management for purportedly permitting their security guards to engage in the alleged assault within the bar’s premises. Consequently, Cota is seeking no less than $1 million in damages from the The Abbey, which was recently put up for sale by current owner and founder, David Cooley.
As of now, The Abbey has not issued a response to the assault allegations, and the case remains an ongoing legal matter.