A second woman broke her silence and claimed to have been drugged, raped, and robbed in a Chicago nightclub just days after another female patron filed a lawsuit against similar cases.
Liz Capra, who chose to publicly identify herself as an alleged victim of rape at the El Hefe nightclub on Near North Side of the city, held a press conference with her lawyers on Monday.
The mother of two told reporters that she had been sexually abused after ordering a drink at the bar while watching a football match with friends in 2014.
& # 39; I have not ordered a skylight, & # 39; she said.
Liz Capra, a mother of two, held a press conference in Chicago on Monday and claimed that she had been drugged, raped and robbed in a local nightclub in October 2014
Capra was flanked by her lawyers, who filed a lawsuit against El Hefe club for negligence and conspiracy
Capra, now living outside the state, explained that she decided to come forward after hearing the lawsuit filed against El Hefe a week ago by another woman, known as Jane Doe, and watching a disturbing security video claiming the 23-year-old plaintiff is led down a lane by a man while club workers idly watch her being raped while she is heavily drunk, reported CBS Chicago.
& # 39; I now come forward after seeing the video of Jane Doe, absolutely shocked by what happened to her, & # 39; said Capra during the news conference. & # 39; I know it wasn't an isolated incident and I know it happened to other women, and I can't sit back and live with myself knowing that I don't do anything to stop it. & # 39;
Capra told how she went to the Mexican restaurant and night club El Hefe on October 12, 2014 to watch a Chicago Bears game.
According to the woman, she ordered a single drink at the bar, making her black. Hours later, Capra said she noticed she was running home to her family.
"My two girlfriends, who were with me at the time, told me that I was starting to behave extremely, extremely extraordinary, extremely intoxicated, very quickly," she said.
Capra said that her friends, considering her condition, tried to lead her to the toilet, but she refused to follow them. When the two women appeared and went to look for Capra, she had left.
Capra said she recalls that she ran to her address in Wicker Park, four miles from the nightclub, and was then taken to hospital by her fiancé and parents.
A rape package and a toxicological test a year later confirmed that Capra had been drugged and raped, but Capra said the case had become cold by then.
El Heje denied allegations in a previous lawsuit that was brought by another patron last week and insisted that his security personnel were not witnessing a sexual assault. The exterior of the company in the River North district of Chicago is shown
Capra also discovered that her phone and wallet with her identification card had been stolen and that the perpetrator then charged thousands of dollars in purchases on her credit cards.
"I never feel safe like before. I was young and free, & she said. "That has been taken from me and I can never get it back."
Lawyers representing both Jane Doe and Capra told reporters that they had gathered anecdotal evidence from social media posts suggesting that their customers' shocking experiences were not isolated incidents at El Hefe.
"I have no doubt that they were involved," said lawyer Robert Chwarzynski Jr. "It shows that El Hefe not only encourages this behavior, but also facilitates this behavior."
Capra & # 39; s legal team also accused El Hefe staff of tampering with surveillance videos from the night of the woman's attack.
The lawyers, who filed a lawsuit on behalf of Capra for negligence and conspiracy, called on Mayor Lori Lightfoot from Chicago to investigate El Hefe and withdraw the club's alcohol license.
A spokesperson for El Hefe's parent company said ABC 7 Chicago that an internal evaluation is ongoing
As of Tuesday morning, El Hefe himself did not respond to Capra & # 39; s allegations, but in a previous statement about the case of Jane Doe, the club's management insisted that the security personnel were not witnessing a sexual assault.
& # 39; On the evening of October 18, a female guest fell ill in El Hefe and, according to the standard protocol of the location, escorted by our security team to the back door, & # 39; said the post.
& # 39; A male guest followed the female guest while being escorted back. El Hefe called an ambulance for the female guest and the security stayed with her until she left the ambulance alone.
& # 39; During this time, our security team did not witness an attack in the alley. The male guest went back inside and minutes later the security saw the male guest leave the building through the front door.
The statement by El Hefe that denies the allegations in court cases can be seen in full above
& # 39; We will work with the police and work together on all facets that are needed to help the authorities uncover the facts and enable a quick investigation. & # 39;
The Chicago police confirmed that officers at Northwestern Hospital responded after receiving a report of a sexual assault involving a 23-year-old woman who did not respond in the alley behind El Hefe.
The victim underwent a sexual assault package at the hospital. Officers said she was showing signs of trauma and claimed she couldn't remember what had happened at the bar, police spokesman Ronald Westbrooks said in a statement.
The 23-year-old woman filed a lawsuit in Cook County last week accusing El Hefe staff of failing to protect her after she & # 39; deteriorated very quickly & # 39; at the bar where a man chased her aggressively and maybe drugged her.
She was drinking at a location in the River North district of Chicago on October 18, when a bartender was an & unknown person & # 39; noted that sexual claims made on her, even after she had surrendered to the bar, the suit claimed.
The bartender told the man to stop, but he refused. Security would have forced the woman to leave the bar because of her condition.
The plaintiff's lawyers released surveillance videos where a bouncer and another staff member opened the back door of El Hefe before the alleged victim came out with a man who seemed to be holding her back.
Employees are seen at the door as the couple walked on through the lit alley.
Attorney Brian Monico said the man had raided the woman about 50 feet from the exit, in view of the workers, who are seen laughing and sharing a cigarette.
About seven minutes after the alleged attack, the man dropped the bouncers and left the woman in the alley when he entered the bar again.
A woman sues Mexican restaurant El Hefe and the Chicago night club after claiming that guards have escorted her to an alley behind the case and watched a man sexually assaulted her while she was intoxicated. The plaintiff's lawyers showed a security video of the woman stumbling out of the room with the man just behind her
Lawyer Brian Monico said the man (in red shoes above) attacked the woman about 50 feet from the decline of El Hefe, in clear view of the employees
The lawsuit accuses El Hefe staff of putting her in a dangerous situation with a man she suspected had stunned her and did nothing to stop the attack.
& # 39; El Hefe knew or should have known that the attacker posed a risk of danger & # 39; for the woman, identified in legal documents as Jane Doe, the complaint states.
Her lawyers say they believe that the alleged attacker works at the bar or knows someone from the staff.
& # 39; I am confident that (this video & # 39; s) will show that El Hefe was involved, that they knew who this person was and that that attacker and suspect was having conversations that night and was friendly with the bar staff and in fact knew the bar staff, & Chwarzynski told WLS.
A judge on Wednesday ordered El Hefe to keep any possible evidence regarding the alleged attack, including surveillance videos.
No arrests have been made, but the investigation is still ongoing, Westbrooks said.
The lawsuit alleges that the alleged attacker was an El Hefe employee or knew bar staff. The surveillance video seemed to show the two bouncers watching the alleged attack
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