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1 arrest made after protesters, Hollywood restaurant patrons clash

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By Yosi Yahoudai
Founder and Managing Partner

A confrontation between protesters and patrons of a restaurant turned violent and resulted in at least one arrest following a clash in Hollywood.

Protesters gathered outside an eatery on the 5900 block of Franklin Avenue to voice their opposition to a restaurant that was named in the sexual assault case of celebrity Danny Masterson. The former “That 70’s Show” actor was sentenced to 30 years behind bars after he was convicted of raping two women.

Video of the confrontation showed a group of about 20 protesters outside the restaurant, filming a patron smoking a cigarette on the sidewalk. It is unclear what led up to that patron’s actions, but he struck one of the protester’s phones out of his hand and things escalated from there.

Another video showed several protesters surrounding a car trying to leave the area. One protester said the driver hit a phone out of his hand and tried to drive away before police arrived.

The Los Angeles Police Department said officers arrested one person for battery. Law enforcement did not identify the person who was arrested.

“We don’t vandalize, we don’t put our hands on anybody or anything. It’s out of control,” said Cameron Ivone, a protester. “It’s usually people walking by that get aggressive with us because it is a public sidewalk and we do have the right to film anybody walking on a public sidewalk. At the end of the day, we’re just … raising awareness about how bad some these paint places are in Hollywood.”

The restaurant’s owner told NBC4 he was most worried about the well-being of his employees.

“You know, I have people here that you know I worry about and their safety,” said the business owner, who wished not to be named. “They’re here late and they close late by themselves.”

The investigation is ongoing.

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About the Author
Yosi Yahoudai is a founder and the managing partner of J&Y. His practice is comprised primarily of cases involving automobile and motorcycle accidents, but he also represents people in premises liability lawsuits, including suits alleging dangerous conditions of public property, third-party criminal conduct, and intentional torts. He also has expertise in cases involving product defects, dog bites, elder abuse, and sexual assault. He earned his Bachelor of Arts from the University of California and is admitted to practice in all California State Courts, and the United States District Court for the Southern District of California. If you have any questions about this article, you can contact Yosi by clicking here.