“I just thought it was wrong,” says Hoffman. “I saw him hit the ground. I mean it was horrible.”
Horrible because it left 22-year-old James Irby hospitalized.
He was so banged and bloodied his brain was possibly bruised.
Early Sunday morning Hoffman spotted the scuffle as he walked by Coyote Ugly.
He saw 29-year-old bouncer, Damien Moore, dragging Irby out of the Beale Street bar in a choke hold.
“He was completely out,” remembers Irby. “The guy was dragging him to the door he obviously could tell that he was out, I mean he just let him fall flat on his face. His nose, mouth he just hit it. It just kept pouring out.”
Two days after the incident, Irby is still in the hospital recovering from his wounds.
Moore’s behind bars charged with aggravated assault.
“After he threw the guy on the ground he turned around. He was smiling at people. He was just showing off or something it was ridiculous.”
According to police reports, it appears Irby violated one of the cardinal rules of Coyote Ugly.
It’s written on the mirror behind the bar. “No touching, no excuses”
The jailed bouncer told police Irby was trying to “grab the dancers on stage.”
He says when he tried to stop him Irby took a swing at him.
The Irby’s have retained an attorney.