31 spiked drinks, 30 rapes in past five years

On the heels of a much-publicized allegation (and later, a retraction) of a spiked drink at The Abbey, the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department provided City Council with a comprehensive list of the experiences reported from 2016 to 2021 in which a victim believed their drink was spiked.

The report lists 31 total incidents.

Shockingly, 30 out of the 31 incidents were accompanied by a sexual assault. The report includes the location where the spiked drink was believed to have been served and where the victims were subsequently assaulted.

Some victims were raped in the bathrooms of the bars they were at, while many others were found on sidewalks or alleys, in motels or hospitals, often with no memory of how they came to be there.

The Abbey is named as the place where the allegedly spiked drink was served in 11 out of 31 cases.

This past July, comedian and WeHo resident Haely White claimed that a bartender at the popular establishment spiked her drink which led to a blackout and injuries.

She published her allegations on social media, drawing widespread media attention:

“On Thursday night 7/29, I believe I was severely drugged (‘roofied’) by a bartender at one of LA’s most popular gay bars, The Abbey. Within 15 minutes having half of my ONLY drink there, I collapsed, vomited at the bar and continued until I got home. I couldn’t function. I barely made it inside my home (see: face). I’m happy I’m alive to share this.”

Less than a month later, she publicly retracted her claims after reviewing The Abbey’s security camera footage. She now faces a lawsuit by The Abbey seeking more than $5 million in damages.

There has been a total of 164 rapes reported in West Hollywood since 2016.

The Sheriff’s report was compiled as the city prepares to revive its Only Yes Means Yes public information campaign, which promotes informed consent in sexual encounters.

The city is planning to distribute its messaging on coasters and napkins at West Hollywood bars, as well as through targeted ads on popular dating apps.

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DHT
DHT
18 days ago

If you attribute all of the “private residence” reports to Ed Buck that makes the managers at the Abbey a lot worse even than Ed Buck.

David Thibodeau
David Thibodeau
18 days ago

Considering how this is probably the most under reported crime this figure probably only represents 1 or 2% of the actual incidents. The gay bars need to close, they have been corrupted by drug dealers and the drug crowd and are no longer safe spaces for the LGBTQ community. We need to promote other spaces.

UCSBGRAD2001
UCSBGRAD2001
19 days ago

I am in no way excusing the problem, but having 11 people getting their drinks spiked and being assaulted over a 6 year period at The Abbey, given its size and the amount of people that go there, is not that shocking. There are probably more that are unreported as well. People need to watch out for themselves when they go to a venue that is as crowded as the Abbey. Never put you drink down, watch your drink being made, and always go with friends so you can watch out for each other. Most of the patrons are good… Read more »

David Thibodeau
David Thibodeau
18 days ago
Reply to  UCSBGRAD2001

Everone that works in a bar knows who the drug dealers are, management chooses to allow them in or keep them out. This is definitely the bars fault, they have chosen profit over safety.

UCSBGRAD
UCSBGRAD
17 days ago

Even if what you say is true the drug dealers are their to sell drugs not spike drinks. If you threw all the drug dealers out it won’t help the situtation unless you are suggesting the people are buying drugs, using them, and get so messed up that their drinks weren’t even spiked and they did it to themselves.

David Thibodeau
David Thibodeau
13 days ago
Reply to  UCSBGRAD

They create the environment. And I doubt any dealers care what you are ising that G for.

Gavin Elster
Gavin Elster
1 month ago

Could someone please ALSO talk about the influx of toxic, “bachelorette party” groups, that can come from as far North as Santa Barbara, and as far South as San Diego, and treat trendy gay dance bars, and their actual regular patrons, in Weho and Palm Springs as a type of selfie-freak show. These women are not members of the lgbt+ community, and hardly allies, and come to town pre-plastered, often on mini-busses that serve liquor, and maybe other mood-altering products? I have lost count of the seemingly well-dressed, probably well brought-up women on the curbs of Robertson and Santa Monica… Read more »

Last edited 1 month ago by Gavin Elster
DesertBob
DesertBob
1 month ago

WeHo’s a sewer these days. It’ll hit a rapid decline in the not-too-distant future.

kab1200
kab1200
1 month ago
Reply to  DesertBob

Shut up Bob, you don’t live here now, how would you know? Also, why are you reading a Weho newsletter? If the desert is so damn great, then mind what is going on there, and not here. So tired of bitter people.

Ham Shipey
Ham Shipey
1 month ago
Reply to  DesertBob

it’s already in rapid decline. it’s a filthy lawless city posing as a progressive utopia.

greeneyedguy
greeneyedguy
28 days ago
Reply to  Ham Shipey

You don’t even live here.

WGM
WGM
1 month ago

It is absolutely impossible for a venue owner to prevent patrons from roofie-ing other patrons. For those who think this responsibility falls on the venue, please share with the group how on earth you think venue owners and management are supposed to accomplish such byzantine small scale monitoring? The responsibility of drink guardianship falls on the consumer of that drink, and nobody else in the entire world but that person. If you do not trust someone implicitly, buy and keep a watchful eye over your own drink. Dont leave it to go to the restroom, to dance, to go over… Read more »

David Thibodeau
David Thibodeau
18 days ago
Reply to  WGM

They could keep the drug dealers out, that would go a long way towards making the spaces safer. Everyone who works in the bars knows who the dealers are.

WeHoMikey
WeHoMikey
1 month ago

“… in which a victim believed their drink was spiked“

The operative word here is ‘believed’. Did any of those people receive medical attention following the incidents? When were reports made to law enforcement? The story does not address either of these. Without medical attention or a law enforcement report, it’s hearsay (legal for “bullsh*t”).

DHT
DHT
18 days ago
Reply to  WeHoMikey

They reported the crime to the police, one would presume the police would bring them for medical attention but who knows with the pd these days.

WeHoMikey
WeHoMikey
17 days ago
Reply to  DHT

DHT – conscious people generally go for medical care FIRST. If their provider says there was something amiss, the Sheriff is stop #2.

The only time the Sheriff initiates medical attention is if someone appears to be injured and can’t do so on their own.

Ham Shipey
Ham Shipey
1 month ago

does anything good happen in West Hollywood??????

DesertBob
DesertBob
1 month ago
Reply to  Ham Shipey

Nope.

hifi5000
hifi5000
1 month ago

I take it the rapes listed at this report were female victims as the sex of the victims were not listed.With The Abbey popular with many female customers,I am going to presume the majority of the rape victims were women. It appears The Abbey needs to up their game and get serious about the crimes occurring on their property.Hiring beefy security guards at the door is not going to cut it anymore.You need a stronger and smarter security approach inside the club as well. The Abbey is a huge place and is hard to keep track of questionable activity. Most… Read more »

Recall Erickson
Recall Erickson
1 month ago

What about all the public unisex toilets? Where the rapist can hang out? Registered sex offenders and horny homeless. Unisex toilets in clubs have resulted in lawsuits in the millions. Of course the totally incompetent City Attorney didn’t address that issue when Sepi ordered the population majority of men in West Hollywood could not piss anymore in urinals! Since it was so offensive to the trannies! The City Attorney avoided potential lawsuits regarding public toilets. Because she’s in bed with the SHE! The unisex toilets SHE! Three of the most dreadful people ever to be elected to office. Sepi, Horvath… Read more »

Art
Art
1 month ago

Good god! So much to address here. But here’s 1–proof (facts) about inisex bathroom rapes????? I’ve never seen facts about this oft-cited allegation.

Gimmeabreak
Gimmeabreak
1 month ago
Reply to  Art

Well, there’s this, Art, and it was so easy to find, and there is a lot more out there on this subject that should convincingly call a retreat to the whole idea of unisex bathrooms in WeHo but I’m not going to take the time to look it up, although I’ve seen it, because I have learned that for some people there is no amount of evidence to change the minds of some people and I wasted my time finding it for them.

https://wehoville.com/2014/02/28/jury-finds-wehos-lounge-negligent-rape-case/

Todd
Todd
1 month ago
Reply to  Art

Yes, I too would like to see the FACTS about rapes in unisex bathrooms. I’ve never seen a study. I don’t think it matters what kind of bathroom was used for a rape. Also, urinals weren’t banned. I’ve seen unisex bathrooms with BOTH a regular toilet and a urinal, as well as a sink.

Gimmeabreak
Gimmeabreak
1 month ago
Reply to  Todd

See my Reply to Art above.

Gimmeabreak
Gimmeabreak
1 month ago

Here Lounge, which is now The Chapel next to the Abbey.

https://bglawyers.com/rape-in-nightclub-bathrooms-could-have-been-prevented-some-lessons-learned/

If there were no unisex bathrooms the rapist would have had much greater difficulty getting to that girl in the first place!

UCSBGRAD2001
UCSBGRAD2001
19 days ago
Reply to  Gimmeabreak

Only one of the rapes was reported to be in the bathroom, so I don’t think it is the bathroom that are the problem, if so, put a security guard in the bathroom.

Gimmeabreak
Gimmeabreak
18 days ago
Reply to  UCSBGRAD2001

There WERE security guards!

But we should be able to go to the bathroom safely without security guards.

Gimmeabreak
Gimmeabreak
18 days ago
Reply to  UCSBGRAD2001

I wrote a reply to your comment yesterday but I don’t see it posted so I’ll write it again. There WERE security guards assigned to the unisex bathroom at Here Lounge. That bathroom had not been unisex very long so even if there was only ONE rape is that not enough? There were multiple people going into those stalls all the time, for sex or to do drugs or for whatever reason. Does having restrooms that require security guards sound reasonable to you? We ought to be able to go to the bathroom without a security guard. Another problem with… Read more »

UCSBGRAD
UCSBGRAD
17 days ago
Reply to  Gimmeabreak

Actaully no it doesn’t sound reasonable. What sounds reasonable is people take the personal reposnibably and make sure they are watching their drinks. What would you The Abbey or any other club do to stop this? As you mentioned the had a security gaurds in the bathroom and they have a ton of security always roaming the place. They have camera’s everywhere and they are actually upgrading the security cameras to better security cameras that can produce clear video in any lighting situation.

UCSBGRAD2001
UCSBGRAD2001
19 days ago

Put a security guard in the bathroom.

UCSBGRAD2001
UCSBGRAD2001
19 days ago

Also if you look at where the rapes occured only one was listed as a bathroom.

California luv
California luv
1 month ago

Why is Hyde on the list, it’s in LA?

Steve Martin
Steve Martin
1 month ago

Why would you re-publish comments that Ms. White has already retracted? You have lots of important information in this article, which I appreciate, but it just seems like re-printing these allegations against the Abbey seems punitive.

Ryan R Gierach
1 month ago
Reply to  Steve Martin

They could use someone who knows something about journalism there, Steve.

Gimmeabreak
Gimmeabreak
1 month ago
Reply to  Steve Martin

People tend to forever believe the FIRST thing they heard about a story, even when right after the event, when more evidence comes out it is found to be completely different than what they had heard. The Abbey deserves to have their name cleared in this case at every opportunity and Ms. White deserves what she brought on herself. Not everyone follows the news like you and I do and lots of people may not know that it was found that Ms. White LIED! This may be the first they have heard that.

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