Atwater Village — Police were present early this morning at The Griffin Bar after a fight reportedly broke out involving a group who arrived wearing red Make America Great Again hats and allegedly taunted other patrons.
Many Twitter users accused the group of being members of The Proud Boys, which has been described as a far-right group, and blamed the bar for hosting their gathering and “serving a bunch of Nazis.” However, the bar this afternoon denied those claims in its own social media posts.
“I’m Jewish and finding out that my bar was overrun by a hate group has had a legitimate emotional impact on me and has made it hard for me to function,” said a post on The Griffin’s Facebook page. “Neither I nor my business partner support any Nazi or white supremacist groups and this is not a Nazi bar.”
Jonathan Blaize Hensleigh and Aaron Mark Chepenik are the owners of the bar, according to the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control.
A video posted on Twitter shows least one police officer was present as heated arguments and yelling took place outside the bar at Los Feliz Boulevard and Boyce Avenue.
However, an LAPD spokeswoman said there were no indications that anyone was arrested.
Correction: A previous version of this story incorrectly described the Proud Boys as a white supremacist group. While they have been described as such by others, The Proud Boys have denied that representation.
Update on Tuesday, July 17: L.A. Times weighs in with a detailed account of how the Los Angeles Democratic Socialists of America confronted the Proud Boys members gathered at the bar.
Update: The Griffin said it will be closed tonight Sunday, July 15, and that no persons with any affiliation to any hate group will be allowed on the premises.” Police told CBS2 that people on both sides of the confrontation left the bar when told to do so. LA Taco says 20 Proud Boys members were in the bar when they were confronted by supporters of the Los Angeles Democratic Socialists of America and Defend North East Los Angeles.
@ShutUpAndrosky I chose the wrong bar to celebrate my birthday at tonight. After the Griffin shutdown my friends and I walked to Bigfoot Lodge and they harassed us as we walked peacefully on the street. They were there to provoke liberals and nothing else. pic.twitter.com/NGr4TQKzYB
— Scott Sonne (@scottsonne) July 15, 2018
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