Micky’s, WeHo’s Popular Gay Bar, Accused of Assaults by Security Staff, Financial Improprieties, Rude Staffers

Micky’s, 8857 Santa Monica Blvd.

Micky’s, one of West Hollywood’s most popular gay bars, is facing criticism for alleged assaults of customers by its security guards and financial misconduct and rude and racist treatment of women by its bar staff.

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Andrew Hampton

The latest alleged assault occurred on Sunday, April 22, when two guards hustled a young African-American man out of the bar without explaining why. That man, Andrew Hampton, 29, alleges that they tossed him onto the sidewalk, where he landed on his head. He was taken by an ambulance to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center where he had four stitches to repair lacerations on his skull. He now has to have a broken tooth repaired.

The incident involving Hampton was confirmed by a friend who, wary of publicity about the matter, asked that he be identified as Steven Ross. Ross, who is Caucasian, was with Hampton at the bar and had been dancing with him. Three people walking on the sidewalk outside the club also confirmed the incident on the sidewalk. In an interview with WEHOville, Hampton said that he stepped out of the restroom at Micky’s and two security guards immediately demanded that he leave. Hampton said that he asked multiple times why he was being ejected, but the guards didn’t respond.

Hampton said he slowly walked toward the exit, repeatedly asking why he was being thrown out, with

Andrew Hampton’s broken tooth

the two security guards walking behind him. As they neared the doorway to the bar’s lobby on the first floor, Hampton said he found himself wedged between a cocktail table and a pillar. Hampton’s friend Ross said that at that point the security guards grabbed Hampton under his arms and tossed him head first onto the sidewalk outside. A witness on the sidewalk said that one of the guards fell on top of Hampton, who is 5 feet, 8 inches tall and weighs 145 pounds.

“Near the front door, the bouncers heaved him up, tossing him out the club entrance where he landed on his face,” Ross said in a report to the Sheriff’s Station. “His arms had been restrained behind his chest and sides, so he landed on his head and mouth. When Andrew landed he didn’t move immediately, and as I walked

Stitches on Andrew Hampton’s head.

around him to his head I saw blood on the ground. As I helped him up I saw his right forehead had an inch-long laceration and another abrasion which were bleeding and his right front incisor was chipped and visibly fractured. Before I saw his injuries I was yelling at the security staff that this sort of violence was not necessary.”

Ross said two other members of the security staff offered him a bar towel to wipe the blood off Hampton and some bandages. He said a manager stepped outside but didn’t speak to either him or Hampton.

Michael Niemeyer, the owner of Micky’s, said Hampton’s assault allegations aren’t true.  Niemeyer said that Sheriff’s deputies reviewed the bar’s security video of the incident with Hampton and “found no wrong-doing. There were no charges filed.”

“He was masturbating.  He was intoxicated,” Niemeyer said of Hampton, who a security guard said had been masturbating in the men’s room.  “They asked him to leave I don’t know how many times.  He and one of the security guards both tripped.”

A search of reviews of Micky’s on Yelp and on Google shows claims of similar incidents. One involved Nicole, 31, a Caucasian woman, who asked that WEHOville not use her last name to protect her privacy. In a telephone interview, Nicole said that on Halloween last year she went into the restroom at Micky’s to wash her hands and accidentally washed off the ink stamp on her arm that would have allowed her to re-enter the bar later without repaying a fee.

Nicole said that she approached the man who applied the stamps and asked him to stamp her again. “He didn’t even listen to what I said,” Nicole said. “He called security.”

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Post by Nicole S. on Yelp showing her injuries at Micky’s.

Nicole said she was dragged outside onto the sidewalk. “One of the security guards twisted my arm. Another twisted my other arm. My arm hurt, and I started screaming and fell on my knees. At this point, I’m in excruciating pain. Other security guys tried to grab me. I screamed ‘I’m in pain, don’t touch me.’ I spit my gum out, and when it hit his face he shoved my face into the wall. I got a little cut on my eyebrow. Luckily I had turned my face to the right, otherwise, it would have gotten really damaged.”

Nicole said the security guards handcuffed her and called the Sheriff’s Station. “Everyone was telling them to leave me alone. I was shaking, I was having a panic attack, I was screaming at the top of my lungs.”

While Nicole said in her Yelp post that she had been sprayed with pepper spray, she now believes that didn’t happen and that she was reacting to a spray into her eyes administered by a medical technician.

Niemeyer also denied Nicole’s allegations.  “She was never admitted into Micky’s,” he said. “She did not have a stamp.  She refused to pay the door charge.  She spit in his face. She slapped him.”

Michael A., who lives in Palm Desert, said on Yelp that he had witnessed the incident described by Nicole.  “I have never seen anything like it (I was horrified) as much as West Hollywood preaches about equality and fair human rights this was a act of assault and a disgrace to our community.”

Since January 2017, a number of other allegedly violent acts by Micky’s security staffers have been called out on Yelp and Google. However, other than Nicole, WEHOville has been unable to contact the people making those allegations to get details. One was posted on Oct. 7, 2017, by a man named Anthony N. of Long Beach, who WEHOville has identified as Anthony Nunez. “One of the worst experiences of my life involving a gay club/bar,” he wrote on Yelp. “Straight abusive dancers and even more violent bouncers who threw me down a flight of stairs for innocently touching a straight dancer at a homosexual filled club.”

Another act of violence was alleged on Yelp on Oct. 12, 2017, by a woman identified as Sasha V. of Compton. “What kind of establishment is ok with their bouncers and security staff literally beating a partygoer up??? They broke his nose and his face is all swollen and bruised! My friend went out last night to Micky’s and was beaten up outside by the people who work there.”

In a post on March 5, 2017, a man identifying himself as Gabriel E. of Riverside said he “witnessed one of the security guards come running at a drunk little gay boy & straight deck him in the face! Right in the eye! I don’t care what kind of mess of a scene he might have causer earlier in the night, this was a really dirty move.” A woman who identifies herself as Jr R. of Central LA and West Hollywood described what apparently was the same incident in a post on April 13, 2017. “There’s a bouncer with ear pearcings (sic) and wears a hat. He’s weird and I saw him smack a drunk customer on the head a month ago. Then he laughed about it. I was waiting in line and decided not to go in after I saw that.”

Alex E.’s post about Micky’s on Yelp

On March 3 of this year, a man identified as Alex E. of Los Angeles made a post on Yelp declaring that Micky’s is a “homophobic place.” Alex said that when he tried to tip a go-go dancer, “he grabbed my head and pushed it to the floor without even knowing I was going to tip him. He broke my left rib and broke my left leg, so my friends had to carry me out of the club. I spoke to the manager outside the club, he saw me in so much pain and all he could say was ‘that can’t be possible’.”

In a review posted a year ago on Google, a man identifying himself as Andre Wells described another incident: “After being there for a while, they kicked one of our friends out. We proceed to leave and my friend, who is 5’6″ 130 lbs gets tackled to the ground by 3 of their security guards. After that, two other guards came after two more of my friends and choked them out. They also punched him in his face, broke his nose, and even bit him on the neck. In addition to all of that. They went through their pockets and wallets while they had them pressed against the ground and took their money. They also took my phone as well.”

Customers also have alleged misuse of their credit cards by bartenders, mostly with complaints that they had been charged unexpected tips. They have called out bartenders for other rude behavior and for refusing to offer them water between drinks unless they pay for bottled water. Making water available at bars is widely seen as a way to reduce serious intoxication. And there have been multiple complaints of misogynistic and racist behavior by the staff, with women claiming they have been called “bitches” or “c-nts” and one woman alleging a friend was called an “ugly fat black bitch.”

Niemeyer disputed the complaints on Yelp, saying that if customers have complaints they should reach out to Micky’s directly rather than simply post a complaint online. “If we get a complaint the next day, on the telephone or an email, I actually see it myself,” he said. “These people never do that.  If we do something wrong, I apologize.”

“If people look at our club, we have one of the most racially diverse staff in the city,” Niemeyer said.  “We also have women on security.”

A post alleging racism at Micky’s by Ajani B. on Yelp.

Nicole S. said that she has engaged a lawyer to explore the possibility of filing a lawsuit against Micky’s. She said that Sheriff’s deputies who investigated the incident the night that it happened did not file a police report. She said she went to the Sheriff’s Station the next day to do that and met with a detective who strongly encouraged her to drop the matter and became upset when she declined. She said the detective warned her that the fact that she had spit gum on the face of the bouncer who slammed her head into the wall meant he could sue her for assault. Nicole said the District Attorney’s office has declined to pursue the case.

Hampton said he felt he also got little support from the Sheriff’s deputies. His friend, Steven  Ross, said it took more than 30 minutes for the deputies, who are stationed a few hundred feet across Santa Monica Boulevard from Micky’s, to respond to his call for help. By the time they arrived, Stevens said, Hampton had been taken to the hospital.

A Sheriff’s deputy who identified himself only as “A. Gomez” filed a report on the incident, with a statement from one of the security staffers, Andy Mendoza.  In his report, Gomez, using “S” for suspect and “V” for victim, said: “S/ Mendoza grabbed V/Hampton’s upper body and the other security guard grabbed V/Hampton’s legs. They lifted V/ Hampton to take him outside.

“S/Mendoza stated V/Hampton had blood coming from his head and was dripping on S/Mendoza’s arms. S/Mendoza stated he had cuts on his left arm and was scared that V/Hampton could have a disease. S/Mendoza did not want to contract anything from V/Hampton and let go of him. S/Mendoza left him on the ground and then contacted paramedics for V/ Hampton.”

Gomez said Mendoza claimed Hampton was thrown out of the club because he was drunk and had been masturbating in the restroom, which is staffed by an attendant. Hampton denied that he had been masturbating, noting that he was in the restroom only three to four minutes. He has conceded that he was mildly intoxicated but not drunk. He told WEHOville that he and Ross had had three alcoholic drinks each, but had switched to non-alcoholic beverages between each of them. Ross and Hampton noted that Gomez didn’t interview the tall, African-American security guard who also was involved in the incident.

EDITOR’S NOTE: An earlier version of this story erred in giving Andrew Hampton’s age as 32. Hampton is 29. The story has been corrected.

 


28 Comments
  1. So Hampton was an angel and the bar is racist. YAWN!! Time to accept Obama is not President anymore and take responsibility for your actions.

  2. Mickys is not a safe place to be. A friend of mine was sexually assaulted by one of the straight go-go dancers, she attempted to tell the security they aggressively kicked her out. She was NOT drunk nor acting out of hand. The following day she left a voicemail for the manager to report the incident, never received a call back. No excuse for inappropriate/aggressive behavior by the bouncers/dancers. Seems like A bunch of thugs work there, It also seems to be an ongoing thing and needs to stop.

  3. Obviously, none of us were there when this happened but in fairness, the security people there deal with A LOT of drunk and disorderly people at the bar and then the patrons scream discrimination despite the fact that they were acting like fools. Just own your crappy behavior and forget reading racial or sexist things into it. Security kicks out people of all races, genders etc.

    1. The punishment for being drunk and acting like a fool isn’t:
      Stitches, broken teeth, ribs, legs, etc. Have you read the multiple accounts? Bruises, pepper spray, the N word!?

      Dealing with drunk people isn’t easy, but clearly these guys don’t have the emotional IQ or training to handle the situations they’re involved in. They need better vetting & training. We’re dealing with a Rent-a-cop mentality. Guys dying for respect and authority on dangerous power trips.

    2. As is usually the case, and thank god, he fought the law and the law won!!! ANOTHER example where the security tape contradicts the guy AND his friend. We have seen it in Missouri and countless other places. How about a little sympathy for the security guys who deal with these types all day, every day and make it safe for well behaved people? Why even feature him if the cops say he was the problem, not the security??? Very divisive, a liberal habit it seems.

  4. Sounds like some patrons are drunk and misbehaving.
    It also sounds like security isn’t handling them properly.

    Handling disorderly customers is part of their job. If security members lack or lose composure they’re unfit for that job. We all know ego and adrenaline kick in which can result in excessive force.

    There are too many instances not to believe there are some issues.

    What qualifications, screening and training do these individuals have?

  5. This happens to two of my friends already. I used to be a regular there but the security guards take advantage. It used to be a great place to dance and drink. We are all adults and can handle our liquor but I seen these cases for no articular reason. Now if you want to contact me regarding harassment issues please do so. I’m open to testify. lcordova85@hotmail.com

  6. I have lived in Weho for 7 years and I recall not wanting to go because I don’t drink alcohol and you can’t just relax without security following you if you seem alone or without making a purchase. I was followed out on several occasions by the same Hispanic security guard tone and time again. Finally I just asked is it wrong just to come in without being looked or gawked at because of being alone and not spending money but just to take in the sights, after watching me intently. They also are straight non gay friendly door people who laugh and get a kick of people they observe with having power trips if you ask them about their behavior. You do recall an incident when they tried to have straight night downstairs and I witnessed a mele of straight club goers and people making remarks. Similar incidences occurred with door people at the previous establishment before flaming saddles. Do you know what caused them to go out of business, a lawsuit of a man thrown on his head by an Agressive Bouncer, and I witnessed it first hand with blood spilling from a cracked skull pooling on the ground. An attorney had to come to my house to get witness impact statements, it was traumatizing and I gave this bouncer smoke warning before it escalated and his friend tried to lie to police but I called him out on it. None the less the bouncer was arrested by police due to excessive force by to my witness account. Too many s time have homophobic staff been able to sneak through the scope of thinking their chances to pick up girls is better because they have little competition from gay men and lesbian woman. Why don’t you hear about this at rage, Fubar, motherload, revolver and flaming saddles for the most part because it has a balance of straight and gay staff members and bouncers and msnagers! The city has to take action for employees that are rude and make homophobic slurs or insinuations abs city safety ambassadors need to step up and not take the side of staff that might lie to atleast have to observe club employees of mistreatment of club goers whether with friends or alone, like me, or people who might ask for a manager or or be within their rights to call into question the behaviors of staff members who instead of admitting fault will just decide to pull power trips and get physical with patrons who don’t capitulate or get a hint of a non verbal cue or acknowledge that they can ridicule you can be intimidating without warning and/or explanation why! Many of these employees I have seen initiate a confrontation for an excuse to forcibly remove clubgoers. Also I personally have heard and witnessed staff of many races and those who are straight bouncer Hispanics that deliberately make fun of not mimic people’s mannerisms or appearances. I guess that’s what Weho is becoming, micky’s employee homophobes who get to tease or make fun of who they deem necessary of their amusement. More and more must be done to punish and crackdown on homophobic staff and owners because of the influx of bar staff and employees using nepotism to hire their friends and family, their local crews or neighborhood acquaintances and bring their social norms from their neighborhoods which apparently can be homophobic at any given or all times. The City must cite punish and fine these owners and employees for blatant mistreatment physical assault and HOMOPHOBIA Within the LGBTQ community. Boystown is now just shallow owners who make a mockery of being in a gay business just to get alcohol licenses and get automatic foot traffic because of its proximity, but after these actual and supported incidences by legitimate eye witnesses and other club goers, the public and city officials must demand Micky’s shut down or at the very least fine and hit the owners with hefty fines per incident and if severe the city mandate they change ownership and cannot open another club ever and that the homophobic or intollerant staff be removed and overhauled never to be allowed to work at any gay establishment due to gay bashing!
    Period!

  7. I’m a bit scared to visit Micky’s after this one lol.
    I mean it is a bar after all. Obviously there’s going to be people who are drunk and don’t act properly, however there should be a professional way of handling that rather than causing physical harm. Oops! Tighten up Micky’s

  8. What else to expect as West Hollywood (John Duran’s infamous antics emblematic) attracts people who mistake obnoxious behavior for what used to be called “gay liberation”? Take a walk on Santa Monica Blvd from Robertson to La Cienega and attest that this is what we’ve struggled for? One need not be a puritanical scold or classist snob to see that LGBT is now a commercialized brand, WeHo government and businesses luring nice folks, with alcohol as fuel, from the provinces (once upon a time in NYC referred to disparagingly as “Bridge and Tunnel People”) to an imagined Oz where anything — including broken hearts and heads — goes.

    1. Cultural appropriation comes part and parcel with integration and advancement. Unfortunately, many doing the appropriating have zero understanding of the culture behind what they are now staking claim to as their own. And many members of the community are equally ignorant, too – entitled and disrespectful. The black community has had to endure this for decades, which is why I understand the need for organizations like Black Lives Matter. I worry that the ongoing staffing of heterosexual bartenders, bouncers, and dancers creates unnecessary conflict in establishments where drinking is encouraged and expected, inhibitions decrease, and boundaries are crossed.

  9. I’m sorry for any person who has had a bad experience but in my experience over the many years next door to Micky’s the security guards are real people and they are fair minded people. If we really look at the amount of drinking and drug abuse going on in this city and the number of alleged complaints against one of the busiest bars its a very small percentage. Mickys has the youngest crowd in town and sometimes the kids tend to get more wild than some of the more mature crowd at other places. Unfortunately I have witnessed so many fights and people tripping on drugs that its hard to digest. Unless somebody can back up any of their allegations with provable facts it feels like some drunk drugged guests just didnt expect to be tossed, were embarassed and went to to get some payback so they post online. Personally I’d like to say thanks to the Mickys security guards cause my staff feels more secure knowing they are right next door.

    1. I have been assisted by Micky’s security a couple of times. They never threw anyone out, but they made sure that it be known that bad behavior will not be tolerated.

    2. I personally know somebody who was thrown out in such a manner, for doing *nothing.* Absolutely nothing. It was last call, on NYE. Bartender had just served him a drink. He was drinking it upstairs, and in less than 2 minutes of being served the drink, a bouncer came up to him and told him to pour it out. He asked if he could quickly finish it, which was followed up with the bouncer slamming the drink into a trash can, and then he was thrown to the ground and pulled out by two bouncers and dragged down the stairs like a criminal. This is one of my best friends, who I’ve known for years, and I’ve never seen him act belligerent, angry, or inappropriate in a hostile way, after drinking.

      My guess is that 80% (or maybe more) of the time, the bouncers have cause to be aggressive with unruly patrons. At the same time, there isn’t anyone policing them, if one of them gets a bug up his ass to take some aggression out on a patron, or lose his patience. There’s nobody there to stop them, and the police will stick up for them, or look the other way. There are cops who behave in the same manner. People who live in their own world.

      I believe this is a real issue that needs to be dealt with.

      Also, I’ve not heard of anything like this happening at other bars in West Hollywood. There seems to be a pattern of this type of behavior from the security staff at Micky’s. Are we to believe that only Micky’s has unruly patrons who need to be aggressively ejected from their establishment in such a manner?

      1. Agreed. There is a definite pattern of patron abuse by Micky’s security personnel.

        The point is no one needs to be aggressively handled at all. If someone is breaking the law, security can call the police. Certainly if a patron is harming others, he / she can be restrained. But my friend wasn’t harming anyone’s and was talking peacefully. We were walking toward the exit, slowly. Being falsely accused of something will cause questions.

        NOTHING gives security the right to commit battery. Period.

  10. This is an inserting story Micky’s long held the representation for having the best looking men in West Hollywood and Working boys!! If you mention Micky’s and many thought you were a “Rent Boy or Something!!
    Now they have some new…It a new day !!!

  11. It sounds to me like Micky’s has the toughest bouncers on the boulevards, and the other patrons, dancers, and employees are probably and should be grateful for it.

    The ‘financial improprieties’ seem a little weak, but I do not want to (too deeply) prejudge here. Drunk patrons versus the establishment?

    Flesh out the story more; it could be excellent.

      1. The fact is in the first story above, we were not being idiots, abusive, belligerent, or unruly. Yes we’d had drinks but were not messily intoxicated. It’s a bar. Most people have drinks. But nothing justifies the criminal act of battery as a response to messiness, or as in our case, of two friends dancing and being caught up in mistaken identity or worse.

        It was before 8 pm on a Sunday night with the club practically empty. We’d been the only people on the dance floor. We were drinking ginger ale, tonic, and bitters at the time Mr. Hampton was being ejected. He was just asking why he was being thrown out and we received no answer from the bouncers. I was trying to diffuse the situation and talk to Mr. Hampton and security just kept ordering me to back off. There was no proof that they even had the right guy marked for the alleged lewd behavior. They accosted a man for nothing and he’s the one with a broken tooth and head injuries. There is no reason for this to have happened if security was doing its job competently.

        In all these cases, the house wins and the victims are to blame. Law enforcement, county and city prosecutors, and you fine people, assume security is incapable of abuse or making mistakes; and having some drinks immediately makes one suspect and justifies manhandling, injury, and psychological trauma.

        This battery must stop. Too many instances have occurred at Micky’s making it a pattern of abusive behavior. Perhaps it’s just a few bad security staff responsible but the Club is responsible for all its staff all of the time. Club security staff are not law enforcement. They’re supposed to be keeping club patrons safe and protecting the business. They’ve no right or just cause for beating up patrons. It’s our job as a community to hold them accountable. I suggest taking this seriously. The next innocent victim could be you.

        1. The club was practically empty on a Sunday night at 8pm? That’s hard to believe as Micky’s is pretty busy and full of rowdy and drunk Sunday Funday revelers at that time.

          When you are asked to leave by security, the best idea is to just leave – even if you don’t think you did anything wrong. It happens to the best of us so just be respectful so you can return another day.

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