Princeton grad sues Manhattan nightclub after being 'beaten with a beer bottle by a man when her friend refused his advances' 

  • Erin Jennings, 26, was allegedly attacked by John Jannarone, 35, at Southside nightclub on May 17, 2015 
  • Jannarone is accused of hitting her over the head with a beer bottle 
  • Jennings suffered a concussion and was rushed to the hospital
  • Bouncers at Southside are accused of sneaking Jannarone out of the club 
  • A lawyer for Southside is denying some of Jennings claims 
  • Jannarone's attorney said: 'He plans to aggressively respond to the misleading allegations and looks forward to a prompt judicial resolution'

A Princeton graduate is suing a Manhattan nightclub claiming that after she was attacked by a man at the establishment the bouncers helped to protect him while she was being rushed to the hospital.

Erin Jennings claims in court papers that were obtained by the New York Daily News that on May 17, 2015, she and a group of friends were at Southside, a popular club located in the city's Nolita neighborhood.

At some point during the night, Jennings, 26, claims that John Jannarone, 35, approached the group and made a pass at one of her friends.

After being rejected, Jennings claims that Jannarone came and hit her over the head with a beer bottle multiple times, causing her to fall to the ground while bleeding profusely from her head.

Victim: Erin Jennings (center with friends) was allegedly attacked by John Jannarone, 35, at Southside nightclub on May 17, 2015

Victim: Erin Jennings (center with friends) was allegedly attacked by John Jannarone, 35, at Southside nightclub on May 17, 2015

Alleged attacker: Jannarone (above) is accused of hitting her over the head with a beer bottle multiple times after his advances were rejected by Jennings' friend

Alleged attacker: Jannarone (above) is accused of hitting her over the head with a beer bottle multiple times after his advances were rejected by Jennings' friend

Scene: A friend of Jennings stayed behind to point out Jannarone to police, but bouncers at Southside (above) are accused of sneaking him out of the club

Scene: A friend of Jennings stayed behind to point out Jannarone to police, but bouncers at Southside (above) are accused of sneaking him out of the club

Jennings was rushed to the hospital but one friend stayed behind to make sure police arrested Jannarone, but according to court papers that is when the bouncers helped him to get out of the club and into a cab so he would not be on the scene when authorities came to get him.

The criminal complaint states that shortly after the attacked Jannarone said to a witness; 'Help me out. I need you to protect me. I can’t believe I did this. I hit this girl with a bottle.'

It also states that he appeared to know at least one bouncer by name.

Jennings ended up with a concussion after the attack and had to get seven staples at the hospital. She claims in court papers that she still suffers from migraines as a result of the attack.

Jennings (above) suffered a concussion and was rushed to the hospital

Jennings (above) suffered a concussion and was rushed to the hospital

Jannarone meanwhile was arrested over a week later on May 26 

Jannarone's attorney told the Daily Mail Online: 'To the extent the complaint against Southside relates to Mr. Jannarone, he plans to aggressively respond to the misleading allegations and looks forward to a prompt judicial resolution. 

'Given that the dispute is in litigation, Mr. Jannarone is unable to comment further on the matter at this time.'

A lawyer for the club said that they 'look forward to vigorously contesting' some of the statements made by Jennings in her complaint, while also saying they 'don't dispute that Jennings has been injured or hurt'. 

Jennings has since moved out of New York City and is currently attending the Thomas Jefferson School of Biomedical Sciences.

She is spending her summer volunteering in Panama with Floating Doctors, a group whose mission is to reduce the present and future burden of disease in the developing world.

Jannarone meanwhile was a senior vice president at the financial PT firm ICR, and previously worked at CNBC and the Wall Street Journal. He is also a Princeton graduate.

His biography has been removed for ICR's website.

A spokesman from ICR told The Daily Mail Online: 'We do not comment on personnel matters but Mr. Jannarone is not currently an employee of ICR.'

It is unclear when his relationship with ICR ended. 

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