Lindsey Horvath was not at the V-Wine Room on the night in question. A sale is pending and Consbruck will be staying on a consultant with the new owners.
Mikey Consbruck, owner of the V-Wine Room and West Hollywood resident for 22 years, answered a comment on the WEHOville message board confirming the sale of the V Wine Room. “to a very lovely couple as the proprietors.”
Mikey also wanted to set the record straight regarding the ‘incident’ that was reported in WEHOville concerning a Public Records Request made by a West Hollywood resident. The footage which allegedly shows Councilmember John Erickson interfering with the law enforcement proceeding is under seal.
Consbruck tells the story this way. “There was in fact an incident inside V. A woman visiting from New York had rented out half of V Wine Room to have a birthday party for herself and celebrate with friends. One of her guests arrived and a homeless man followed her in, mumbling at her and trying to get her attention. The homeless man was visibly bothered, whether it was drugs or mental illness, I don’t know but he was disrupting the party.
I approached the man and tried to explain that he was disrupting a private event and he needed to leave For about 2 minutes I was talking to him, positioning my body between him and the woman he followed in. After about 2 minutes of me asking him calmly to leave, he looked at me in the eye and said ‘no I don’t”. He then punched me in the face. I fell back and a guest stepped in to help, and he also got punched in the head. That guest was able to take the homeless man to the ground and then the guest and I wrestled the homeless man out the door. He shouted some gay slurs and ran away.
While this was happening John Erickson was up at the counter with a friend of his and he called the West Hollywood Sheriff. John told me he was going to follow the man so he could identify the man to the sheriff once they arrived. I stayed back at work to attend to my patrons and calm the situation down. The sheriff eventually came to the V Wine Room about 45 minutes later to ask me questions to identify the man who assaulted us. I went with them to identify the man who punched us and the sheriff asked me if I wanted to press charges. I said yes I did.
I don’t know who the source that reached out to WEHOville (the Public Records Request by a West Hollywood Resident not related to WEHOville), but he or she was clearly not at V that night. The incident was not between two patrons, it was not between 2 black or hispanic people, it was a homeless man who assaulted me while I tried to calmly get him to leave and then assaulted the patron who stepped in to assist me.
Consbruck continued “when the sheriff arrived, they had me corroborate the incident after John Erickson identified the suspect and asked if want to press charges. As the person pressing the charges I was also the one who had to be the arresting officer on paper. When you look at the police report I had to sign the police report as the arresting office. I thought that was odd because they are the sheriff.
In terms of an ongoing investigation regarding the incident inside V, I have not been contacted again by the Sheriff after I was asked to fill out the paperwork that night. I assumed it was just another incident that will be forgotten.
If there is an ongoing investigation I know nothing about it.
WEHOville will follow up with the Discover Unit of the LAPD, these recordings of the incident are under seal.