A lesbian couple and L.A. Live settled the plaintiffs’ lawsuit alleging they were wrongfully ejected from a New Edition concert at the Microsoft Theater because of their sexual orientation, and that one of the women was thrown through a glass door by security guards and police officers.
Lawyers for Jasmine Corello and Shawnee Centeno filed papers in Los Angeles Superior Court on April 20 stating that the case was resolved, but no terms were divulged.
The couple’s allegations included assault, battery, intentional and negligent infliction of emotional distress and false arrest.
In their court papers, attorneys for L.A. Live maintained there was no evidence the alleged attack had anything to do with the plaintiffs being gay because “many women unaccompanied by men frequently attend events at the Microsoft Theater.” To the contrary, it was Corello and Centeno who “interjected into the conversation that they were lesbians,” according to the defense’s court papers.
The suit, filed in February 2017, stated that the two women attended the downtown concert as invited guests of New Edition member Johnny Gill, who also left them VIP passes. About 20 minutes into the July 31, 2016, performance, a fan sitting behind them complained to ushers that the plaintiffs were standing and blocking their view of the group, according to their court papers.
An usher asked to view the couple’s tickets and left. But about five minutes later, another usher approached and took one of the couple’s tickets, the suit said.
After 15 minutes passed, six male security guards walked up to the plaintiffs and began yelling at them, claiming they were in the wrong row, according to the lawsuit. The security guards escorted the women to the lobby, where they said they were approached by two Los Angeles police officers as well as additional security guards.
The guards made citizen’s arrests of the plaintiffs, who believe the security staff called the police.
“We don’t want you here,” the guards told the women, according to their court papers.
One of the guards laughed when Corello asked him if they were being treated differently because they are gay. The police then told the plaintiffs that they were trespassing on private property and that they had to leave, according to their complaint.
While Centeno and Corello discussed the reasons given them for their ejection, the head security guard grabbed Centeno by the neck and threw her against a glass door, the suit alleged.
When Corello ran to Centeno’s aid, six security guards and two police officers “proceeded to throw (Corello) head-first through a glass door onto the concrete outside,” leaving her unconscious, the suit alleged.
When she woke, she and Centeno were handcuffed and held for about an hour, according to their complaint, which alleged they were both injured in the confrontation and were not offered any medical attention by the security staff.