A woman who visited Hamburger Mary’s in Tampa is suing the drag restaurant for $1.5 million after, she said, she was injured by a drag queen’s breast.
According to the complaint, Neldin Molina said she was with friends and family members at the restaurant for dinner on the night of May 30, 2015 to celebrate a friend’s birthday. Molina was unaware of the drag queen show until music began playing and she heard someone at another table mention the show.
When Molina turned around, she said performer Amanda D’Hod pointed at her and began to walk toward her table. In the complaint, Molina said she turned back around, wishing to not draw attention to herself.
Amanda D’Hod, the complaint alleges, touched Molina’s shoulder and then walked in front of her and grabbed her head. The complaint said the performer then “wiggled her breast against the Plaintiff’s face and head eight times.” The lawsuit also notes that Molina is unsure if “Amanda D’Hod” is the performer’s name.
D’Hod allegedly grabbed Molina’s face and pushed it and shook it several times before pounding it against D’Hod’s chest violently. The complaint said Molina began to experience a headache and neck pain and told the manager what had happened. Molina later went to the emergency room at Memorial Hospital of Tampa for cervical pain and uncontrollable headaches.
“Because I live in Denver, it was too difficult to coordinate with a lawyer in Tampa,” Molina said. “So, I went to a law library and wrote it myself.”
Molina is now seeking $1.5 million for medical costs and expenses, as well as for pain she suffered physically and mentally. The complaint also states that the Ybor City restaurant failed to advise anyone of possible danger.
“It’s not a good thing for anyone to go up to someone and perform that way,” Molina said about Amanda D’Hod. “There are a lot of people who have medical issues. I wasn’t aware that this was going to happen.”
Hamburger Mary’s is a gay-themed burger restaurant chain that started in San Francisco, California in 1972. Their motto is: “An open-air bar and grill for open-minded people”, along with, “Eat, drink, and be… MARY!” The eateries are often in gayborhoods with decos that is campy and flamboyant. The menu items include humorously named items. Each location is unique with a large dance floor in Long Beach and a microbrewery in Chicago.
Kurt King, the restaurant’s owner, would not comment on the lawsuit.