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Woman Forcibly Removed from Fishbone's Restroom Moving Forward With Lawsuit

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Cortney Bogorad alleges she was forcibly thrown from the Greektown restaurant because a security guard believed she was a man.

Brenna Houck is a Cities Manager for the Eater network. She previously edited Eater Detroit and reported for Eater. You can follow her on the internet at @brennahouck.

A Detroit woman who was forcibly removed from a Fishbone's restroom on January 23 is moving forward with a lawsuit filed against the Greektown restaurant. According to The Detroit Free Press Cortney Bogorad alleges she went to use the bathroom following her dinner and overheard a security guard shouting, "Whatever man is in the restroom, come out now." Bogorad continued to use the restroom until a man believed to be a security guard entered and shouted again. Bogorad responded that she was, in fact, a woman. The lawsuit filed June 10 states:

Defendant John Doe did not listen to plaintiff and did not allow plaintiff to show him her identification to prove that she was female. Defendant John Doe instead approached Plaintiff, inches away from her face, and shouted, 'Get out of the women's restroom!'

The lawsuit states that Bogorad was then pushed from the restroom, and lifted "against her will by her hooded sweater and bra" and thrown out of the restaurant. The lawsuit goes on that "she sustained physical damages including contusions, wrist injuries, shoulder injuries and scarring which required medical treatment."

Bogorad told WXYZ, "This could have happened to anybody. There's lots of females with short hair. Some people may think we look like boys but at the end of the day we're not."

In an update today, Bogorad tells the Free Press she's continuing to pursue the lawsuit after communication broke down with Fishbone's owners. She's seeking at least $25,000 adding that at the time of the incident police came to the scene but did not take a report. Detroit police officer Dan Danowski claims a report was taken; however, the department has refused to release the report. Fishbone's has declined to comment to the media regarding the incident.

Watch the WXYZ interview below:

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