A woman says another patron falsely reported sex assault charges against her after a dispute over crowding at a West Village gay club on a busy Friday night, according to a new suit.
Julia Parker says that she was at the West 12th Street lesbian bar Cubbyhole on April 5 when another bar-goer, Alice Simmons, allegedly started “arguing with Plaintiff [Parker] about the lack of space,” before “grabbing and shoving” Parker a dozen times, according to a Manhattan Supreme Court lawsuit from Tuesday.
Simmons then called the cops claiming she had been sexually assaulted spurring criminal charges to be mounted against Parker, the court papers allege.
Simmons lied to the police telling them that Parker painfully grabbed her chest over her clothes and tried to grab her crotch, the suit alleges.
Parker, a 39-year-old from Brooklyn, was charged in Manhattan Criminal court with forcible touching and had to fight the case six times over the course of months before prosecutors tossed it Oct. 21 “because Simmons had falsely accused plaintiff,” the court documents claim.
Simmons, “used the power of the police and prosecutors to settle a petty personal score,” the court filings say. “Defendant [Simmons] was offended that she was not given enough space in a crowded bar in Manhattan on a busy Friday evening by Plaintiff and other patrons.”
And because of this, Parker, “was forced to live under the cloud of the prosecution of a sex crime, defend herself against the false charges, to fear the possible conviction of sex-related criminal offense and to appear in New York City Criminal Court in New York County six times following arraignment and before the criminal charges were dismissed,” the suit charges.
Parker, who says she suffered embarrassment and humiliation, is suing for defamation and assault and battery. She is seeking at least $500,000 in damages.
Simmons did not immediately return a request for comment.
Parker’s lawyer declined to comment.