Former Charleston Sports Pub bartender claims negligence in sex assault; owner disagrees – Charleston Post Courier

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Updated: September 22, 2021 @ 6:15 pm
A former bartender for Charleston Sports Pub, previously located at 792 Folly Road on James Island, claims in a lawsuit filed Sept. 21, 2021, that negligence by the business and its staff led to her sexual assault by a coworker in 2018. File/Warren L. Wise/Staff
Donald Leroy Goodemote II, 33, was charged with third-degree criminal sexual conduct based on the allegations in the lawsuit. He was freed with bail set at $40,000 and the case remains pending, court records show. Charleston County Sheriff’s Office/Provided

A former bartender for Charleston Sports Pub, previously located at 792 Folly Road on James Island, claims in a lawsuit filed Sept. 21, 2021, that negligence by the business and its staff led to her sexual assault by a coworker in 2018. File/Warren L. Wise/Staff
A former bartender for Charleston Sports Pub claims in a new lawsuit that negligence by the business and its staff led to her sexual assault by a coworker in 2018. 
Perry Freeman, owner of the business, denied the allegations in an interview Sept. 22, calling them “100 percent false.” 
Donald Leroy Goodemote II, 33, was charged with third-degree criminal sexual conduct based on the allegations in the lawsuit. He was freed with bail set at $40,000 and the case remains pending, court records show. Charleston County Sheriff’s Office/Provided
The woman, who is identified only as Jane Doe in court documents, alleges she was sexually assaulted by another bartender, Donald Leroy Goodemote II, on Oct. 7, 2018, when they were employed together at the Charleston Sports Pub formerly at 792 Folly Road on James Island. 
Goodemote, 33, was charged with third-degree criminal sexual conduct based on the allegations. He was freed with bail set at $40,000 and the case remains pending, according to criminal court records. 
In a lawsuit filed Sept. 21 in state court, the woman alleges the pub and its staff permitted Goodemote to become intoxicated while working the night of the alleged assault. 
The woman, who was also working that night, said she was drugged by an unknown individual during her shift, according to the civil complaint.
Despite his own level of intoxication, Goodemote was permitted to drive the woman home after work, where she was the “victim of a careless and reckless physical act” by Goodemote, the lawsuit states. 
The woman states she suffered “personal injuries, mental anguish, pain and suffering, emotional discomposure, missed time from work and the normal activities of her daily living were disrupted” as a result of the alleged assault. 
She is seeking unspecified damages. 
Charleston Sports Pub has seven locations across the state, including five in the Charleston area. 
Freeman said Sept. 22 that Charleston Sports Pub has a strict policy prohibiting employees from drinking on the job.
Freeman said Goodemote was fired based on the seriousness of the allegations. The business reviewed surveillance footage from the night of the alleged assault and found the bartender had not consumed any alcohol behind the bar. 
“They’re coming after us hoping for some sort of insurance grab, but we’re 100 percent confident that none of the things they said were true,” Freeman said. 
Freeman said he was contemplating countersuing over the allegations. 
Ryan Andrews, attorney for the woman, did not respond to a request for comment. 
Goodemote’s criminal defense attorney, Cameron Blazer, also did not respond to a request for comment. 
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Steve Garrison covers breaking news and public safety. He’s a native of Chicago who previously covered courts and crime in Wisconsin, New Mexico and Indiana. He studied journalism at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and the University of Missouri.
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