Memphis man says he was punched with brass knuckles by bouncer, had to have jaw wired shut

Memphis man says he was punched with brass knuckles by bouncer, had to have jaw wired shut

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A Memphis man said he was assaulted by security guards outside a club on Beale Street.

Police said the incident happened at Jerry Lee Lewis’ Café & Honky Tonk on Saturday.

The victim, Joshua Houston, said he went to Jerry Lee’s for his 24th birthday with his girlfriend – and left with a broken jaw that required it to be wired shut.

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According to MPD, Houston said he was asked to leave the bar by security guards for “creating a disturbance.”

When his girlfriend came out of the restroom and saw him being taken out of the building, a fight ensued.

Houston told police he believes the security guard even hit him with brass knuckles.

“Before I got to the door to the last staircase all I feel is someone hit me with brass knuckles because I felt cold metal," said Houston.

“I wasn’t being aggressive or anything, I was just walking out like, ‘What is going on?’” Houston said.

Houston said security asked his sister to leave first after a “disturbance in the club.”

He told FOX13 when he went to look for her, security approached Houston in an “aggressive manner.”

Houston’s sister was not mentioned in the police report.

According to police, Houston’s girlfriend, Amber Smith, asked why Houston was being punched and thrown out of the club when security guards struck her in the face.

The general manager of the club said brass knuckles were not used, and the security guards were not aggressive.

Management said surveillance video shows Houston being “escorted out of the club,” and the video was sent to MPD.