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May 24, 2019

Philly exotic dancer who lost eight teeth in South Philly club brawl awarded $1.3 million

D'Anna Brown was hit in the face with a bottle during the 2014 incident at Club Onyx

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Club Onyx, formerly located at 2908 S. Christopher Columbus Blvd in South Philadelphia.

An exotic dancer who lost eight teeth and suffered a head injury in a 2014 brawl while working at a South Philly club was awarded $1.3 million this week.

D'Anna Brown, who was working at now-closed Club Onyx on Columbus Boulevard, was hit in the face with a bottle during the incident, according to the Associated Press.

Brown said during the lawsuit that the club was illegally serving patrons alcohol at 3:30 a.m. when the brawl began. Selling alcohol after 2 a.m. is technically illegal in Philadelphia.

Brown also claimed Club Onyx didn't employ enough security guards to keep employees safe, and that the club didn't properly train its employees.

During the two-week trial in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas, the attorneys for Club Onyx argued Brown had signed a release form which would have protected the club and its owners. The company, however, could not produce the release form itself in court.

Club Onyx had a colorful past before it closed. Later in 2014, the club's bouncers shot a patron who tried to run them over with a minivan.

In 2017, a woman was cut with glass around 4 a.m. after a gun-related brawl.

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