Assault at bar spurs lawsuit by Texas fan

By Jay F. Marks Published: June 13, 2008
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A University of Texas fan is seeking more than $100,000 in damages from an Oklahoma City bar and a University of Oklahoma fan after a "vicious attack” last summer.

Brian Thomas contends the injuries he suffered when Allen Michael Beckett grabbed his groin and refused to let go are "serious, painful and potentially permanent,” according to a civil lawsuit filed Thursday in Oklahoma County District Court.

Beckett, 54, is awaiting a December trial on a felony charge of aggravated assault and battery. He maintains he only defended himself from Thomas last June at Henry Hudson's Pub, 3509 NW 58.

Beckett's attorney, Billy Bock, said witnesses at the bar have countered Thomas' version of what happened on June 17, 2007.

"Every bit of the investigation that's been done supports our side of things,” Bock said.

About the incident
Beckett began heckling Thomas after he walked into the bar wearing a burnt orange Texas T-shirt, according to Thomas' lawsuit. Thomas tried to ignore it, but decided to leave a short time later.

Thomas said he was at the bar paying his tab when Beckett grabbed him and refused to let go until his scrotum was torn. The injury required more than 60 stitches, he told The Oklahoman in August.

Thomas' lawsuit only mentions "a possible connection to a local sports rivalry.”

The lawsuit accuses Beckett of assault and battery and intentional infliction of emotion distress. It also accuses Henry Hudson's of failing to intervene before the attack.

A manager at the bar declined comment Thursday.


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