CLEVELAND, Ohio – TownHall owner of an Ohio City restaurant sues the Cleveland Scene, claiming an alternative weekly defaming a restaurant by saying the general manager made a comment on a black woman during social media spitting on criticism about the restaurant’s lack of restaurant-related coronavirus restrictions.
In fact, comments – where managers told someone to “return” to their country – were directed at someone of eastern European descent, according to a TownHall owner Bobby George’s statement later posted on Instagram.
The lawsuit, which was filed Thursday in the Common Pleas County Court in Cuyahoga, disputed the main headlines and information brought by Scene Chief Editor Vince Grzegorek a story published on Sunday about Facebook dustup between manager Ryan Hartzell and former TownHall employee Taras Ustrytskyy.
This couple is arguing that day due to lack of social distance and employees not wearing masks on business terraces in restaurants and bars weekends were allowed to entertain customers for the first time since the closure of the country’s coronavirus.
Restaurant is one of four businesses The city gave notice to violate new requirements to prevent the spread of the virus. It said employees did not wear masks, did not keep customers six feet apart and did not set a maximum capacity.
Heat exchanges including Hartzell told Ustrytskyy to “stop with fear of drying up. If you hate this country, return to your home country.” Hartzell later removed the comment, even though the screenshots were circulating on social media.
The problem, however, is that Grzegorek bases his story on screenshots of comments that make it look like Hartzell responds to a black woman who posts “Damn, imagine risking your life just by eating at Townhall,” according to a story The scene was published Thursday.
The original title is “Overcoming Patio Concerns, Lago Contemplating the Nature of Art, TownHall GM tells Black Woman to Return to the Country He Comes From,” the lawsuit stated.
Later, after Grzegorek learned that the comment was addressed to Ustrytskyy, he updated the story and changed the headline to “Overcoming Patio Concern, Lago Contemplating the Nature of Art, GM TownHall Says’ Return to Your Country Comes,” according to the lawsuit and correction to the publication then added to the publication. story.
Despite the corrections, TownHall and Hartzell said in the lawsuit that Grzegorek published the first title and article “with a view to undermining their business, livelihood and profession”. They say social media users continue to share original articles even after changes.
It said the original article had been spent for at least four hours and that TownHall and Hartzell received threats via telephone and social media. TownHall also claims that Grzegorek previously published a false statement against the restaurant, pointing to a March 11 tweet in which he said TownHall was “peddling bone broth for coronavirus in an email explosion.”
The restaurant was criticized for its promotion and social media manager encouragement then recognized that the time, right when the virus spreads quickly, is a problem.
Confessing slander, depicted in false light and deliberate emotional misery, Hartzell and restaurants sought compensation of more than $ 25,000 from Grzegorek and Scene.
Grzegorek referred a cleveland.com reporter to lawyer Peter Pattakos, who represented him and Scene in the lawsuit.
Pattakos said in a statement posted on the Scene website that TownHall believed “it must be entitled to damage … because his manager made fanatical comments about a Ukrainian immigrant, and not a black woman because the Scene had been mistaken but quite trusted by the Scene during about an hour before the revised column. “He said the lawsuit was” rude “and suggested that Scene could fight TownHall.
George later called Hartzell’s comments “insensitive and inappropriate” on Instagram and said he would ask Hartzell to take a sensitivity training course. However, he refused to fire Hartzell and described Ustrytskyy as an employee who was fired and dissatisfied.
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