(AllHipHop News) Clifford "T.I." Harris is reigniting his campaign against Houston's. The rapper/actor helped lead a boycott against the restaurant for alleged racism and now he's calling out the establishment for alleged assault.
Video taken at a Houston's in Atlanta on May 13 shows a security guard holding down two women outside the building as another woman records the situation. The women were supposedly given access to the restaurant's restroom after closing, then the guard dragged one of the women out of the bathroom because they refused to leave.
A Houston's employee can be heard saying the women were assaulting the guard and the police were being called. Brittany Marie Lucio, Erica Walker, and Greenleaf actress Asia'h Sharrell Epperson have been identified as the three women involved in the incident.
Apparently, the security guard is also a local police officer. The cop claims he grabbed Lucio's wrist and pulled her out of the restaurant but she then punched him in the mouth and head.
“I got a message for Houston’s. For all we went through, y’all gonna allow old Guzman to drag this young lady out the bathroom, through the restaurant, pushing her to the bushes and physically assault her. That's what y'all gonna do?" says T.I. in an Instagram video. "After I put my face on it. That's what y’all gonna do? Guzman I need to see you homes. Come do me like that. Come drag me through the restaurant. And everybody at Houston's, ain’t no talk. All action.”
Lucio, Walker, and Epperson were eventually arrested and charged with Criminal Trespass. Lucio was charged with Felony Obstruction as well.
Gerald Griggs, Lucio's attorney, is calling for a full investigation from the Atlanta Police Department and the District Attorney. APD's Chief of Police has directed The Office of Professional Standards to review the officer’s actions. According to Griggs, the arrest caused Lucio to be fired from a movie she was working on.
The evidence we have seen thus far shows that three women arrived approximately 30 minutes after closing time, they went into the restroom as a group after being told that the restaurant was closed. The three stayed in the restroom for more than 10 minutes, and refused to leave despite repeated requests from several managers to do so. Eventually, an off-duty Atlanta Police Officer was summoned with whom one or more of the women got into an altercation that led to arrests. Based on our current understanding, we believe our managers responded appropriately to this unfortunate situation.
This circumstance is reviving the call to boycott Houston's. The subsidiary of the Hillstone Restaurant Group faced backlash earlier this year for what was perceived as racial discrimination against African-American customers.
T.I. played a major role in settling the issue. The Grammy winner even met with Houston’s executives and they seemingly met a mutual understanding around "an amendment in policy (both in dress code and seating) an adoption of an ongoing diversity and inclusion program, a commitment to utilizing minority vendors and suppliers and continuing to demonstrate zero tolerance for any level of discrimination, discriminatory practices or any individual who demonstrates any of those actions.”