A Grub Street commenter claiming to be an investigator has posted hidden-camera footage of the Corner Bistro altercation. It’s hard to tell exactly what happens in the muted video, but here’s our interpretation: The footage begins with Nick Haramis and his companion seated at a table. Their friends join them and a waiter reaches over and buses one of their glasses while they aren’t looking. The owner of the glass gets up to confront the waiter about it. His boyfriend (presumably Haramis) gets between the two, seemingly to diffuse an argument, but then, at 40:28, seems to put his hands on the face or neck of the waiter, who then plows him to the floor and perhaps strikes him. Watch the video to see whether it jibes with Haramis’s initial account, which follows.
The recap: My boyfriend sat down at a four-top. A man — a busboy or a waiter, definitely not a host — told him that our group couldn’t sit down. “You have to order food,” he said. “We’ll start with fries,” said my boyfriend, not moving. The man then grabbed the back of his shirt, at which point I reached in, instinctively, to take his hand away. I was then thrown down, the side of my head the last thing to hit the ground. There was some confusion as my boyfriend tried to stop the whole thing, and was then punched in the face, while the Bistro worker screamed “faggots” a few times, for good measure.
It seems relevant to note that Haramis’s favorite books, according to his Facebook page, are “anything fraudulent: jt leroy, james frey, shakespeare.”
Friday Night Incident [YouTube]
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