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Local wedding planner and party promoter Norman Reggie Houston Jr. is seeking justice after he was severely beaten by two bouncers this past Saturday while attending an LGBTQ event held at Hamburger Mary's in Downtown Houston.
A viral video of the attack shows one club bouncer holding Norman Houston Jr. in a chokehold as another bouncer punched him in the face over 11 times. Houston is currently suffering from the attack with a broken leg, bruised eyes, and an injured throat.
Houston Jr. told Fox 26 News that he and his friends went to the club, and when they tried to leave, security told them they had to wait. So, he says he jokingly picked up a bottle of alcohol by the bar and said he needed a drink for the wait time. He says he never took a drink from the bottle, and he put it right back down.
"Probably not even a few minutes later I saw an African American male…really buff with long hair coming at me with two other guys. The only thing I remember, the words he said were you said something to my sister? Then he hit me and that's all I remember," Houston explained to Fox 26.
After being asked if he was at all aggressive during the altercation with the bouncers, he replied, "Anyone there can tell you that's just not what happened at all like they came charging with an agenda."
Houston's attorney Carl A. Moore shares that he has been attempting to reach Hamburger Mary's about the "gruesome" video but has not received a response and has not yet learned the name of the security guards or the name of the security company they work for.
According to witnesses, Fox 26 News reports that violence against the LGBTQ+ community has been a toxic trend from heterosexual club security guards.
Attorney Moore says he plans to work closely with HPD and the DA's office to ensure criminal charges are filed in addition to civil charges.