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EXCLUSIVE: WOMAN CLAIMS RAPE, DRUGGED, LEFT IN LGBT BAR

“I looked back, wondering if I should go and see if the woman needed help getting home or finding a cab,” states one female witness in a sworn affidavit. “I feel terrible to say that she was so intoxicated that I was hesitate to get involved. I knew I should have gone back for her, but I didn’t.” She was left standing at the back bar.

image1 EXCLUSIVE: WOMAN CLAIMS RAPE, DRUGGED, LEFT IN LGBT BAR
©ABOUT MAGAZINE (Photos: Obtained by Diana Simms; Attorney of Victim; Reported weeks later blood was still on the wall.)

On the night of October 3, 2015 according to reports and statements; a Caucasian female, in her early 40’s was locked over night in a popular LGBT nightclub, after she had been violently assualted both vaginally and anally. Where the claimed assualt occurred is now the subject of debate.

At approximately 4 a.m. with her body violently shaking, she opened her eyes. It was completely dark, and cold; she was lying on the floor in the bathroom, her pants had been pulled back up, but not her panties. She couldn’t see. She heard the sound of faint beeping noise coming from her dying cell phone. The battery had life for just an ounce of light, and she was able to get a glimpse of her surroundings.

“I thought I was in someone’s basement.” Jane Doe tells About News in an exclusive interview. Jane Doe is not her real name. We have changed her name due to the nature of the alleged crime. She sat down for an exclusive in-depth interview as her way to fight back.

Upon getting her bearings, she stands up and tries to find the light switch. Her head is hurting and she feels like she’s been choked. But she doesn’t remember anything. She feels something is not right with her body, her vagina, and anus was in pain. She knew at that moment she had been violated. It was then; with the lights flipped on that she saw the blood splatters; and the damage.

“In the over 2 years that Neon Boots Dancehall & Saloon has been in business, we have never had any incidents that affect our Customers. This is the first time we are hearing of any incident that may have occurred at Neon Boots and none of the Neon Boots staff were involved or were aware of what transpired relating to this any incident. We take this very seriously and will use all of our resources to investigate this incident and to cooperate with authorities if necessary in any way possible. The safety and satisfaction of our Customer’s is of the utmost importance at Neon Boots.”- NEON BOOTS MANGEMENT!

In photos obtained by the victim’s attorney; Diana Sims; a civil attorney representing the victim, clearly shows blood visible on the walls, and trash can; in the bathroom. According to the attorney; they were taken a week after the attack.

“The paper towel dispenser had been broken off.” Jane recalls, visually shaken, and scared. She sits across the table, explaining the details and occassionally her bottom lip shakes. “My head is still trying to process what happened to my body;” she says shaking her head and fighting tears.

The evening of October 3rd, started with two glasses of wine. She was excited to join a small group, for a friend’s birthday gathering. Not typically in circles with friends that go out on a regular basis, Jane admits she had been to Neon Boots ‘maybe 3 times in the last couple years.’ This night she opted drive her own car because she lived close.

A vodka soda, and one shot, Jane remembers having. This coincides with the bar tab of $17 dollars and $11 dollars. It was all she would remember that night. “Her behavior was in line with when given a date rape drug,” said Sims.

Still in a daze, and barley able to stand up; she starts to stumble around the bathroom. She cannot remember anything, and suddenly realizes she is the nightclub bathroom. “All I wanted to do was get out of there, and go home, but I was locked inside. I couldn’t get out.” Jane states. “ I couldn’t call 911 because my phone died.”

image2 EXCLUSIVE: WOMAN CLAIMS RAPE, DRUGGED, LEFT IN LGBT BAR
(Photos: Obtained by Diana Simms; Attorney of Victim; Reported weeks later blood was still on the wall.)

Approximately at midnight Jane’s friends departed crowded Neon Boots. Jane choose to stay behind with acquaints of her friends. They describe in statements that Jane was unruly, not like herself, and her behavior was ‘mimicking of someone’ who was on drugs. “I remember having a conversation about what drugs she was possibly on;” states a witness. “Because at no point in the entire three hours did I see her with a drink.”

Unbeknownst to Jane, her movements inside the closed bar; have alerted the owners. Before officers are notified, the owners arrive according to Sims. “They thought I was breaking in” Jane expresses. “I couldn’t tell them how I got there, or anything’ she stated, her memory of the evening goes as far as 11:30p.m.

According to the victim’s attorney, Sims; ‘her client woke up in the female restroom of the club. The place was closed, dark and no one was there.’ “The alarm went off around 4 a.m. One of the owners and my client reviewed the tapes for two hours before the police were called.” Sims stated to About News.

At 6:30am on Sunday, October 4, 2015 Houston Police are dispatched to Neon Boots. Upon arrival  a male officer met with clubs owners. Owners state “a female was inside and was claiming to have been sexually assaulted.” Jodi Silva, spokeswoman for Houston Police Department describes to About News “The club has a really good camera system, and investigators are tracking back through it, building a timeline, but there are no cameras in the restroom.”

Neon Boots owners question Jane, and have doubts to her story according to Jane, and her attorney. She showed officers the restroom and, they all viewed security footage. “Yes the door to the bathroom is covered to a degree.” Sims says “there were several people in the area” Sims says.

The Houston Police officer doubted Jane’s claims, and asked her ‘how she knew she had been raped if she doesn’t remember anything?’ Jane told us. In graphic detail Jane explains she took a piece of paper towel and wiped her vaginal area to show the police officer.  A female police officer arrived on the scene and took the victim to Memorial Hermann and later to Ben Taub; where a rape kit was performed. The results of a toxicology report could be flawed ‘because it was not done right away.’ Sims stresses. Which could impact results relating to what drugs or alcohol were in the victim’s system.

Houston Police and Sims both agree the kit was performed. HPD’s Silva confirmed the kit was tagged on October 9th and other evidence on November 5th. No results are being released pending a criminal investigation. An investigation; the victim’s attorney claims is stalled and being ignored. “We have new evidence and can not get the Detective to return our calls.”

Houston Police Department’s Special Crimes Division Officer N.L. Rose has been assigned the case. “They are dragging their feet on a case that’s solvable.” Sims says with visible frustration in her voice. “We’re frustrated.”

“When we tried to give them information relevant to this investigation” Sims explains. She claims the HPD investigator told her ‘you need to speak to our legal department.’ and went on to further say HPD told her  ‘no one has been interviewed at the bar.’

What did happen to Jane that October night? Jane claims ‘too much’ alcohol was not a factor. A number of reports from witnesses state ‘Jane’ had very little alcohol, yet seemed under the influence of something.

A night out with a group of female friends, at a popular LGBT nightclub, and a victim that cannot recall what happened to her when she woke up in a closed bar, and her bar tab was only a total of $28 dollars.

At 2pm Jane was last seen standing near the rear bar on the club. A number of witnesses place seeing her there as the lights to the club were turned on and the few remaining customers were ushered out.

 

Man Shot During Armed Robbery In Montrose

A man was shot in the leg during a robbery in the Montrose area this morning

HOUSTON- [ABOUTNEWS] A man was shot during an armed robbery while walking down the street late Friday night; early Saturday morning in Montrose.

Houston Police state two men were walking on the sidewalk on Fargo Street near Hopkins Street around 3 a.m. Saturday when another man stopped his car, jumped out and demanded their wallets while holding them at gunpoint.

Officials say the suspect took one of the men’s wallets and shot the other man in the leg. One was wearing a white mask according to police.

The shooting victim was taken to the hospital in critical condition with a gun shot wound to the leg.

It is unknown if any other suspects were involved.

 

2015 FACE Awards Nominees

(Houston, TX) The F.A.C.E. Awards is pleased to announce the official nominees for 2015. The voting opens tomorrow (November 6,2015) on-line.  (Cast your vote here) On December 7, 2015 our Heroes’ and Icons’ will be honored for their efforts through out the year at the F.A.C.E. Awards.

F.A.C.E. Awards stands for First Achievers in Community Excellence. Each year the L.G.B.T. community and its allies work hard in pursuit of special causes. Each year a volunteer works hard, a politician gets a law passed; a new business opens its doors to the community. Maybe it’s a photographer, a drag performer, a bartender, or a hair stylist – they are all doing their part in Houston seeking equality for all. The F.A.C.E Awards puts a face to that person and makes sure they are honored. They become someone to look up to, and it lets others praise their achievements. It allows our youth an opportunity to see that hard work and dedication pays off, that doing the right thing gets you rewarded.

We also remember the Heroes’ and Icons’ before us. The ever so many that fought with blood and tears for a cause, for a human right. We remember our fallen L.G.B.T. community members, that were our friends, neighbors, everyone we lost this past year. They are honored today as our Heroes’’ and Icons.

The F.A.C.E. Awards is now in its fourth year of honoring our Heroes’ and Icons’ and celebrates with the Houston L.G.B.T. community, our allies and the entire city of Houston. We take pride in our diversely cultivated city, and we take pride in our citizens today. We as a community are able to look to those special people that dedicate their free time, that offer their last dollar to someone in need. We celebrate those people. We celebrate our Heroes’ and Icons’ with the F.A.C.E. Awards

DJ OF THE YEAR

  • Joe Ross | F Bar
  • Eddie E | South Beach
  • Johnny Moreno | Crocker
  • DJ Kittie | Pearl Bar

NON-PROFIT ORG. OF THE YEAR

  • Bayou City Performing Arts
  • Houston Area Community Services
  • Outreach United
  • Houston Gaymers

OUTREACH SERVICE PROVIDER OF THE YEAR

  • Montrose Center
  • H.A.T.C.H
  • O.P.T. Youth (Out Proud Together)
  • Legacy Community Health Services

BUSINESS OWNER OF THE YEAR

  • Bob Strother | Adam & Eve
  • Kim Padgett | The Padget Group
  • Glenwood Weber
  • Cion Ortega | HUE Saloon

BARTENDER OF THE YEAR

  • Christopher Tyer | F Bar
  • Kristina Pratts | Guava Lamp
  • Tamara Busby | Pearl Bar
  • Tyler Moyer | JR’s

DRAG QUEEN OF THE YEAR

  • Kourtney Paige Van Wales
  • Chloe Crawford
  • Dey’Jzah Opulent Mirage
  • Violet S’Arbleu

DRAG KING OF THE YEAR

  • Ian Syder Blake
  • Smitty O’Toole
  • Roman Syder
  • Zambi McZee

NEW BREAK “OUT” PERFORMER OF THE YEAR

  • Chloe Knox
  • Diamond/Daimen Knyht
  • Tatiana Mala-Nina
  • Xa’Pariss Charming
  • Leo King

ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR

  • Gin Martini
  • Nina Lambardo
  • Ektor David Avellaneda
  • Morena Roas

EVENT OF THE YEAR PRIDE HOUSTON

  • LGBT Pride Celebration 2015
  • Bunnies on the Bayou
  • Outreach United Coming Out Party
  • Lumiere Nouveau: A New Year’s Masquerade

VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR

  • Melissa Murry | Houston Unites
  • Fran Watson | Houston Unites
  • Elizabeth Moton | Pride Houston
  • Jack Berger | Past President of Bunnies on the Bayou

#1 LGBT BAR OF THE YEAR

  • F Bar Houston
  • Neon Boots Dancehall
  • Crocker Bar
  • South Beach

REPRESENTATION OF THE LGBT COMMUNITY

  • Woody Gould | Guava Lamp
  • Anna Eastman | HISD Trustee
  • Eric Hulsey | Houston Gaymers
  • Jacob Sudoff | Sudoff Properties

ADVOCATE FOR CHANGE OF THE YEAR

  • Gary Wood | Outreach United
  • Brad Janack | Keep Montrose Safe
  • Fran Watson | Houston Unites
  • Ryan Levy | HRC

SPORTS TEAM | LEAGUE OF THE YEAR

  • Montrose Softball League
  • Lonestar Volleyball Association
  • Houston Hurricanes Flag Football League
  • Houston Dash

JOURNALSIT OF THE YEAR

  • Steve Champion | ABC 13
  • John Fenoglio | ABC 13
  • Pooja Lodhia | ABC 13
  • Mark Boyle | KPRC 2

RADIO PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR

  • Sarah Pepper | Hot 95.7
  • Chad Pitt | MIX 96.5
  • Erica Ricco | 93Q COUNTRY
  • Special K | KRBE
  • Lauren Kelly | Mix 96.5

FAITH BASED LEADER OF THE YEAR

  • Rev. Troy Treash
  • Rev. Jason Wood
  • Reverend Dr. Daniel O’Connell
  • Rev. Michael Diaz

LGBT On-Stage PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR

  • Lady Shamu | Drag Bingo | Guava Lamp
  • An’ Marie Gill | Tony’s Corner Pocket
  • Bubba McNeely | The Legends
  • Nina Lambardo | J.R.’s

POLITICIAN OF THE YEAR

  • Annise Parker
  • Lane Lewis
  • Ellen Cohen
  • Vince Ryan

PHOTOGRAPHER | VIDEOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR

  • Rich Lux
  • Angela Hon
  • John Cox III
  • Rob Martinez

BLOGGER | VLOGGER OF THE YEAR

  • Matt Hennie
  • Austin Wallis
  • Joey Guerra
  • Morena Roas

Creative Entrepreneur of the Year

  • Jonathan Blake- Designer
  • Nicholas Nguyen – Designer
  • Eric Munoz|Levi Rollins | Urban Eats
  • Ben Johnson | Avondale Design Studio

THE “CALL OF COURAGE” AWARD -DEDICATION TO LGBT | ALLY OFFICERS

  • PUBLIC SERVICE OFFICER
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Montrose Area Bartender Slams HERO On Social Media

With the ugly war of words, lies, and false truths over Houston Equal Rights Ordinance far from over; social media is heating up with a  slew of opinions on ‘The Great Bathroom Panic of 2015.’

“Sometime people only vote because they are part of a “label” and what they’re voting for has the same “label” ….I’m gay let me vote for Prop 1″

One opinion causing a roar comes from a Montrose bartender that works in the LGBT community. “Sometime people only vote because they are part of a “label” and what they’re voting for has the same “label” states Kashmir Cortave, a bartender at Blur Nightclub. “I’m black, let me vote for Obama. I’m gay let me vote for Prop 1.”

With what sounds like television and radio ads for HERO opponents; Cortege turns her post into an debate about protecting women and girls from sexual predators. She claims she is a mother, and men in women’s restrooms is not acceptable. “You mean to tell me a sex offender can put on a wig and a dress and go into the women’s restroom?” She writes. “No Sir!! Wtf!!”12208334_10153346832446775_3460057633631282936_n Montrose Area Bartender Slams HERO On Social Media

The ordinance nicked named HERO is similar to what 200 other cities have implemented relating to bias in housing, employment, city contracting and business services for 15 protected classes, including race, age, sexual orientation and gender identity.

Cortege’s Facebook rant pulled the scab on a ‘fresh wound’ of the LGBT community. If her intent was to engage. Her mission was accomplished.

“Men in Women’s Restrooms, there was so much more to Prop 1 and you allowed yourself become bamboozled out of satire and fear from what was completely far from the truth.” Joey Mireles, a local DJ wrote on his Facebook, linking to Cortege’s post.

“Despite our friendship for such a long time. I’m sorry, but your responses were pitiful, and although your entitled to your opinion. As a bartender in the Gay Community you should be completely more knowledgable than this.” Mireles writes.

Cortege does explain she knows people who live everyday as a women, and should be allowed to use the proper restroom. But then follows up with a question; who will regulate who’s allowed. Is that the real question?