A Montreal couple is speaking out after they say they were beaten by bouncers at the Metropolis concert venue in downtown Montreal.
Michael Pantin and his girlfriend were attending the Snoop Dogg concert last week as part of Montreal's International Jazz Festival.
Pantin told CBC that he and his girlfriend were arguing inside the Metropolis during the concert when a bouncer came over.
“We told him, ‘Everything is ok — we're together. Please leave us alone,’ and he wouldn't so we said, ‘Really, leave us alone,’ and at that point he called other bouncers over,” Pantin said.
His girlfriend said they were just having a normal disagreement and the alleged attack was unprovoked. CBC agreed not to name Pantin's girlfriend because she fears losing her job as a result of the alleged incident.
“There were no questions asked. They just started attacking my boyfriend. They put him in a chokehold, one guy was punching him. I tried to intervene but there was no listening,” she said.
“It was like the bullies cornering the kid in the back of the schoolyard with no teachers around,” said Pantin.
Pantin said he was choked and was injured on his head, neck and legs. His girlfriend was hurt on her shoulder.
They say that their physical wounds are healing but the alleged incident left them traumatized.
“The whole psychological stress of the whole thing. I haven't been to work in a week,” said Pantin.
Assault charges laid
The couple has filed complaints against the bouncers.
“We both have very good jobs. We both have clean records. We don’t get into these altercations — it was quite traumatizing,” Pantin’s girlfriend said.
Pantin said he hopes the law can help put this behind them.
“We have a system put in place and I hope the system will take care of the situation properly,” Pantin said, adding that he and his girlfriend want Metropolis officials to look into the situation.
Meanwhile, Pantin and his girlfriend have been charged with assault.
A spokesman for the Montreal International Jazz Festival said Metropolis staff said it was Pantin who started the altercation after he spit in a bouncer's face. He said bouncers then used the necessary force to contain Pantin and his girlfriend, both of whom they called “aggressive.”
Montreal Police confirmed they opened an investigation into an incident that took place at Metropolis at 12:30 a.m. on July 5. They would not say who was involved in the incident but confirmed various people are facing charges of assault.