Criminal complaints against three juveniles involved in a November incident at Portofino restaurant have been resolved, attorneys said Tuesday during a hearing on a related civil suit.
The resolution of those criminal complaints will not be made public because they involved juveniles.
However, an amended complaint now names Port Restaurants LLC, doing business as Portofino, as well as Michael Robinson, manager of Portofino, as defendants in a suit that seeks damages for battery and false imprisonment against one young woman.
The plaintiff in the original suit filed last year was Abigail Gates, the mother of the 17-year-old girl who was the alleged victim. Queen Gates has turned 18 and she now replaces Abigail Gates as the plaintiff in the amended suit.
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The restaurant and its parent company were not named as defendants in the original suit.
In January, Fayette Circuit Judge Pamela Goodwine had put the civil suit on hold until proceedings against Queen Gates and two juveniles had been resolved. Those cases have been resolved, said William Davis, the attorney who represents Queen Gates.
As in the original suit, the amended complaint alleges that Robinson “physically attacked” Queen Gates “when he used his hands to savagely beat her in downtown Lexington.” The suit also alleges that Robinson restrained Queen Gates without her consent.
Lexington police did not charge Robinson after a review of evidence and consultation with the county attorney’s office. Instead, police filed complaints against a teenage boy and girl for misdemeanor theft. Another complaint was filed against another girl for tampering with evidence, a felony, and receiving stolen property, a misdemeanor, police said.
During a hearing Tuesday before Goodwine, Robinson’s attorney, Richard Getty, said he will again seek police records and recordings related to the Portofino incident. He was denied those records once because the investigation of the incident was ongoing, and again on the grounds that the records were exempt because the incident involved juveniles.