Jeremy Popoff FINALLY Admits Slidebar's Role in Call to Police That Led to Kelly Thomas Killing
After months of denials and ridiculing the OC Weekly and others, Slidebar owner Jeremy Popoff finally admitted on KFI's John and Ken Show that one of his employees did, in fact, call police the night Kelly Thomas was brutally beaten by six Fullerton Police officers to death.
had denied again and again the involvement of his fine establishment (also known to locals as the"Slimebar"
) in the Kelly Thomas tragedy. TheLit
guitarist finally came clean after a former employee filed a lawsuit allegingPopoff
had a no-homeless policy, resulting in a manager making a false police report that led to the death of the 37-year-old homeless man with schizophrenia. (See:Lawsuit: Fullerton Bar Manager Enticed Police with a Lie Before Officers Beat Kelly Thomas to Death
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After the Weekly's Brandon Ferguson cited multiple sources stating a Slidebar employee made the call, Popoff denied this in a lengthy voicemail to our offices in January. And he continued to deny this even after our R. Scott Moxley broke the story that confirmed Brandon's Slidebar assertion back in February.
Popoff and his lawyer denied the claims of an anti-homeless policy during a press conference, with Popoff saying, "We've done a lot for the homeless community around here, we've gotten to know a lot of them, we care very much about...we knew Kelly for years."
So why would an employee call the police on someone the establishment cares about and has known for years? Popoff, you still got some 'splainin to do.
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